Michael Schumacher once told boss "I’m disappearing" with his life now private

Michael Schumacher once told manager Sabine Kehm that he wanted to "disappear" in the aftermath of his iconic Formula One career.

Schumacher, who is widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, was the subject of an emotional Netflix documentary earlier this month.

As well as focusing on his racing exploits and personality away from the track, the documentary also showed how the German's family have been coping with the aftermath of his tragic skiing accident in 2013.

While skiing with his son Mick in the French Alps, Schumacher suffered a severe brain injury and was placed in a medically-induced coma before remaining in hospital for further rehabilitation.

He was able to return to his family home in September 2014, where his condition and progress had been kept private by wife Corinna and their two children up until the documentary's release.

And Kehm, who has spent the last 11 years as Schumacher's manager, explained in 2016 how the racing legend had wanted to enjoy a private life before the skiing accident occurred.

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"In general the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna's private life," she said.

"When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear he was a private individual.

"Once in a long discussion Michael said to me: 'You don't need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.'

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"I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that some day.

"That's why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don't let anything get out."

In archive footage shown in the documentary, Schumacher said: “When I started, I always said, ‘Don’t make a star out of me. Don’t push me. I don’t want this.’”

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Corinna also admitted he didn't like conducting interviews with the press during his racing career.

“What he really didn’t like was the press, the people, all the people around him," she added.

“That’s not what he wanted. He wanted to do the sport.”

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