Michael Schumacher: Netflix documentary shines light on F1 legend

Netflix has debuted a documentary on Michael Schumacher, that sheds light on the F1 legend’s rise to prominence, injury, and recovery.

Michael Schumacher is a former German professional car racer who famously in Formula One for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes

The new Netflix documentary, titled after him, has shed light on the life of the former racer, giving an insight into his life as a driver and a husband.

Who is Michael Schumacher?

He is regarded as one of the legends of Motorsport. He began racing in 1991 when he joined the Jordan racing team at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit. In 1992 he won his first race, driving a Benetton, with whom he also won his first two world titles in 1994 and 1995 respectively.

He later moved to Ferrari, where he won an unprecedented five world titles in a row between 2000 and 2004. At the time of his retirement, he held the record for:

  1. the most number of race wins (91)
  2. podiums finishes (155)
  3. pole positions (68)

He still holds the record for the most number of consecutive titles, most fastest laps (77), as well as the most races won in a single season (with Sebastian Vettel) (13).

Michael Schumacker and wife
Michael Schumacker and wife, Corinna Betsch

What happened to him?

In 2013 Michael Schumacher went skiing with his family and accidentally hit his head on a rock, which led to him suffering a serious brain injury despite wearing a helmet.

He was put in a medically induced coma and sent home to continue his recovery. His health condition was kept a secret, with his wife, Corinna, telling Reuters that he is “different”, but still recovering.

She further said; “He still shows me how strong he is every day. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond.

“And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will. We’re trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.”

Netflix’s “Schumacher” aired on 15 September 2021 and features interviews with Schumacher’s wife Corinna, his father Rolf, his brother Ralf, and his children Gina-Maria and Mick, and interviews with prominent figures of Formula One including, Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Häkkinen, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, and Flavio Briatore

It seems the racer will not be appearing in the film in his current state. We wish him a safe recovery.

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