If you have a passion for sport, cars, racing, TV, or anything to do the motor trade industry, then you will be interested to know about a brand-new documentary film which will soon streaming on Netflix about Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher. Fully supported by Schumacher’s family, it looks in detail at the life of the seven-time champion driver showing unseen footage, interviews, and home videos, a must see for any F1 racing fan.
Netflix recently released a one-minute and 38-second trailer providing fans with a sneaky peek ahead of its release date, which is Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The new trailer promotes the upcoming documentary titled ‘Schumacher’, and the actual film is also being released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Schumacher’s first Formula One race in Belgium.
It takes a close look at the 52-year-old German’s career which started way back at the age of 4 when he crashed his kart into a lamp post, his father had attached a motorcycle engine to it. Unfortunately, Michael didn’t have a motor insurance policy in place at the time to cover the cost of the damage caused!
The film will be one hour and 52 minutes long, it gives viewers an insight into the mindset of a champion driver who overcame insecurities to make it to the very top of his profession. It starts with a man telling the camera he had to achieve “100 percent perfection” because he “couldn’t live with anything lower”, suggesting all the hard work Schumacher had put in to get where he did.
It goes on to show intimate moments in Schumacher’s life, and his long journey to sporting glory. Michael Schumacher achieved 91 Grand Prix victories and won a total of seven Formula One World Championship titles, making him the most successful driver in the sport’s history to date.
Beating the previous record set by Juan Manguel Fangio, whose five wins remained for half a century. Michael’s podiums in the latter competitions came in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
After working his way up through karting and other formulas, in 1991 Michael made his Grand Prix debut for the Jordan-Ford team at Spa, Belgium, as a replacement driver, after achieving seventh in the qualifying round unfortunately, due to problems with the vehicles clutch, he was forced to retire from the race after the very first lap.
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In the 1994 and 1995 Formula One seasons with Benetton, Schumacher took a first and second placing, a very successful spell indeed. However, in 1996 Schumacher moved on to Ferrari, a car that still turns a driver’s head when on a motor trade dealership forecourt, but the team then hadn’t won a championship since 1979.
Competitive rivalries were born with fellow drivers Coulthard, Villeneuve and Häkkinen, by the year 2000, Schumacher and Ferrari had turned their performances into a constructor’s title in 1999, and a driver’s championship in 2000. At the end of 2006, some poor performances by both driver and team led to his exit from Ferrari, and at the time, Formula One, although he continued to work with them in an advisory role.
Schumacher’s battle for perfection left his legacy as one of Formula One’s greatest ever drivers. He was severely injured following a skiing accident in 2013, his family have always protected his privacy, his condition ever since has remained a mystery.