Michael Schumacher: Netflix tease documentary in trailer
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Netflix’s new documentary about Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher was released yesterday, following his illustrious career and his family life. The film takes viewers through his childhood, early racing years, seven world championships and a tragic skiing accident eight years ago which saw Michael put into a medically-induced coma for six months. It features interviews from his friends, former colleagues and his family. Since the near-fatal incident at a resort in the French Alps, the Schumacher family has been very private regarding the condition of the racing great.
Jean Todt, a close friend and his former boss at Ferrari, said this week he will “slowly and surely improve” offering hope for Formula 1 fans around the world.
In a 2019 update, Schumacher was reported to be making “good progress” but also “struggling to communicate”.
His son Mick, who currently drives for the Haas Formula 1 team, opened up about his thoughts on his father and the difficulty of the last eight years.
Mick, who had been with his father at the time of the accident, was just 14 years old at the time.
He said in the documentary: “When I think about the past now, the images that pop up in my head are usually the four of us having fun. I see images of us driving a go-kart in the meadow.
“I see images of when we were about and about, with the ponies, sitting on the carriage. Really many moments that resonate with joy.
“And since the accident of course, these experiences, these moments, that I believe many people have with their parents, are no longer present, or to a lesser extent.
“And in my view, that is a little unfair.”
Mick continued, saying that he felt he and his father could have had a different relationship now that he is an adult.
He said: “I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport.
“And that we could have much more to talk about. That’s where my head is most of the time. Thinking that would be so cool, that would be it.
“I would give up everything just for that. Yes.”
Schumacher’s wife and Mick’s mother, Corinna, also discussed how the family are doing in the documentary.
She said: “I have never blamed God for what happened. It was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone can have in life.
“It’s always terrible when you say, ‘Why is this happening to Michael or us?’ But then why does it happen to other people?”
“Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. It’s the children, the family, his father, everyone around him.
“I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I find.”
She added that the family do everything to make Michael’s life as easy as possible, and that they are “protecting” him after he protected them.
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Corinna continued: “We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make him 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 try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.
“’Private is private’, as he always said. It is very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible.
“Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael.”
Schumacher has the support of the Formula 1 world, and is widely regarded as the greatest driver of all time.
He has competed with the very best, including Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and later in his career Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton is level with the German on seven world titles, and is looking to make it eight this season in his tense battle with Dutchman Max Verstappen.
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