Warning: This review contains spoilers
When Sebastian Vettel recently said he was looking forward to a new Michael Schumacher Netflix documentary telling him what he didn’t know, it was easy to think he could be disappointed.
Because in a world where almost everything the seven-time world champion has done has attracted the attention of camcorders and the media, you can imagine that learning from his life and career isn’t all that new.
But over the nearly two hours of the film drawn with the blessing of the Schumacher family, it’s almost impossible to get away from it with a sense of change in perception about one of F1’s biggest icons.
Schumacher’s films love him or hate that he seems to be on track. It provides unusual insights into the personality and humanity underneath the crash helmet and his appearance when he was away from the pit lane and paddock. ..
In fact, the film reveals two true aspects of Schumacher’s life.
On the one hand, there is the story of a global sports superstar who changed the course of F1 history as it was at the heart of Ferrari’s resurgence as the power of modern Grand Prix racing.
Then, on the other side, is the Schumacher man who dedicated everything for his wife Corinna and her children Mick and Gina Maria. And finally, when his last F1 career chapter was played in Mercedes, it was their ultimate draw that pulled him away from his first passion.
Manager Sabine Kaem recalls Schumacher saying he was leaving home with the last Mercedes spell. My family is more important than it is now. “
For hardcore F1 enthusiasts, documentaries have a lot to draw attention to. Primarily, Netflix’s access to FOM’s archive library has a decent splash of racing action from a crucial moment in his career.
But the movie doesn’t rely on race feeds for that. Instead, they often prefer behind-the-scenes footage that reveals much more vividly what Schumacher was and what he was dealing with at the time.
It includes a confrontation with Schumacher on the grid at the 1992 French Grand Prix after Ayrton Senna was taken out by a young German on the opening lap.
Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4 / 7A Honda leads Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191B Ford, Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, Martin Brundle, Benetton B191B Ford.
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There was also a moment when Schumacher was addressed by Benetton’s boss Flavio Briatore before taking the podium at Imola in 1994, informing him that Senna was in a bad condition due to his coma.
It is in a television interview after the Imola event that you can see the live impact of that day’s events on Schumacher. And they are a world away from the steel-like, sometimes distant personality often depicted on Grand Prix weekends.
What Schumacher really was through the personal insights of drivers such as Eddie Irvine, David Coulthard, Mark Webber, and journalists allied with Schumacher’s family, Richard Williams and James Allen. Many doors will be opened about.
You will see the super-competitiveness that has driven him off the road throughout his F1 career. Young Schumacher explains that he chose to race in Luxembourg instead of Germany at the World Junior Kart Championships that year because of the cheap qualifying. Even if he loses, he has no chance of competing in the world championships.
There are also repeated indications of the innate self-belief that he never did the wrong thing. It was a feature surrounding some of his more controversial moments.
Ross Brawn revealed that he was watching a video replay of the collision with Jacques Villeneuve at the 1997 European Grand Prix.
And Coultard refuses to accept that Schumacher did something wrong when he bumped behind McLaren during an aerial session on Bernie Ecclestone’s bus after the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix clash. I remember how I did it.
Schumacher was asked by Coulter if he had made a mistake and said, “I don’t remember.”
Many of the films explore how unpleasant the attention that accompanies him as an F1 superstar. FIA President Jean Todt, who became a close friend after working with Ferrari for years, explains how Schumacher suffered fame.
“Don’t make a star from me,” he was told he asked to start his F1 career.
He was a much happier person to be with his family, and it counts on both Corinna and his children, and that magical spell at Ferrari.
Corinna Schumacher congratulates Michael Schumacher on Benetton
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Perhaps the most moving are the words of Corinna and Mick, as Schumacher explains how life is different as a result of a ski accident that is still recovering after suffering a serious head injury. ..
“Of course, I miss Michael every day,” says Corinna. “But I’m not the only one who misses him. Children, family, fathers, everyone around him. That is, everyone misses Michael, but Michael is here. No, but He is here, which empowers us.
“We are together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and make sure he is comfortable. And to make him feel our family, our bond, and regardless, I will do everything I can. We will all do so. “
And for Mick, who was very cautious about his father in public, the vividness of the situation was at the end of the movie when he looked back on the many happy times he spent as a child with his father. I’m coming.
“Of course, since the accidents of these experiences, these moments I believe many people have with their parents no longer exist or are less,” he explains. “And in my view it’s a bit unfair.”
And Mick briefly says about the possibility of being able to talk about his motorsport experience with his dad: “I’ll give up everything for that.”
Schumacher will be available on Netflix starting September 15th
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