The docufilm made by Netflix entirely dedicated to the life of Michael Schumacher. A documentary that aims to retrace, through exclusive and archive footage, a personal and sporting portrait of the seven-time world champion exactly thirty years after his debut in Formula 1, which took place in almost sudden circumstances in the Belgian Grand Prix 1991.
The film, thanks also to the testimonies of colleagues, friends and above all family members, wants above all to pay homage to the more human and intimate side of the German driver, who was seriously injured in 2013 following a ski accident in Meribel, France. Netflix itself wanted to anticipate eight topics which will be covered in this exclusive documentary which will also focus on the lesser known aspects of the former Ferrari driver.
1 – The holidays
Behind a serious and extremely professional appearance on the slopes, Schumacher has always loved to participate in parties with his friends, who are themselves victims of jokes by the German champion, who is used to throwing the latter into the pool. Indeed, according to the words of his wife Corinna, the Kaiser he was the first to show up at events and the last to leave. An aspect also remarked by another driver like David Coulthard, direct witness of a champion who, outside racing, used to be distracted with karaoke songs and some cigars.
2 – Difficult beginnings
A career in Formula 1 has made Schumacher not only one of the biggest names in the sport, but also one of the richest sportsmen ever. Yet, unlike his other colleagues, the German’s childhood was far from easy from a strictly economic point of view, so much so that, on the occasion of his first kart races, he used to hit the track with used tires.
3 – Ferrari’s doubts
In 1996 Ferrari hired the then two-time German World Champion to lift the Prancing Horse from dark times, in an attempt to return to a world championship success that had been missing since 1979. However, the goal was not achieved immediately, so much so. that the management of the Red team really thought of dismissing Schumacher in view of the 1999 season, replacing him with Mika Hakkinen.
4 – The wizard of rain
One of the most distinctive traits of the German’s talent was undoubtedly that of driving in the wet, where Schumacher took some of his most emblematic victories. A skill gained after years of training on karts, when the Kerpen driver used to train, in bad weather days, using dry tires.
5 – Insomnia
One of the most shocking moments in F1 occurred in the late afternoon of May 1, 1994, the day Ayrton Senna’s death was announced. The German, then at the wheel of the Benetton, was the protagonist of some battles with the late Brazilian driver, and was behind him at Imola when the Williams of Magic he suddenly swerved off the track at the Tamburello. For a long time after that episode, Schumacher suffered from insomnia.
6 – The character
Although his career has been enriched by victories and great successes, the character of the former Ferrari driver has often been mistaken for selfish or little inclination to openness to the public. In reality, at the base of this attitude, there has always been a hidden side from the character point of view, given the natural shyness of the seven-time world champion, to which was added a certain sense of insecurity, as told by his wife.
7 – The mocking fate
In 2013 Michael Schumacher went into a coma after a violent ski fall in Meribel, in the French Alps. However, as witnessed by his family, that very day the German changed his mind at the last moment, opting for an excursion on skis instead of a parachute jump, which had remained in his plans.
8 – Rehabilitation
Since that day, his family has never again released precise indications on the state of health of the sample. Although he does not understand the real situation, the documentary will specify at least his place to continue the rehabilitation program, which will be his home. There where Schumacher has always found a safe haven from the outside attention and pressures of F1.