A tell-all documentary on seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is set to land on Netflix on September 15. According to Deadline, SCHUMACHER promises to delve deep into the larger than life German who rose from obscurity to become the world’s most celebrated driver. Raw, honest and entirely heartbreaking, the new Michael Schumacher documentary isn’t just a retelling of his life, it’s a homage to the king. SCHUMACHER is fully endorsed by his family and features contributions from his wife Corinna, his children Gina and Mick, and his brother Ralf.
The new documentary, produced by Germany company B|14 FILM GmbH is directed by Hanns-Bruno Kammertons, Vanessa Nocker and Michael Wech. The same team was responsible for a 2017 documentary about tennis legend Boris Becker, called Der Spieler.
“The greatest challenge for the directors was certainly to find the balance between independent reporting and consideration for the family,” said Nöcker via Autosport. “Corinna Schumacher herself was our greatest support in this. She herself wanted to make an authentic film, to show Michael as he is, with all his ups and downs, without any sugarcoating. She was great and brave enough to let us do what we wanted, and so we respected and kept her boundaries. A very inspiring, warm woman who made a lasting impression on all of us.”
Aside from being an exploration of the driving dynamo’s life, SCHUMACHER also features insights from some of the biggest names in F1. From past heroes who helped Michael along the way to those who were inspired by his on-track performance, the cavalcade of guest insights is never-ending, but it should come as no surprise. In the car, Schumacher was a brute, unrelenting in his quest for victory, but outside of the sport, he was widely regarded as a true gentleman of the industry. Rivals and teammates come together in this documentary, with excerpts from Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone, Luca di Montezemolo, Flavio Briatore, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill and David Coulthard.
Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm told Autosport the film was the “family’s gift to their beloved husband and father.”
“In his quest for perfection, he spared neither himself nor his team, driving them to the greatest successes. He is admired all over the world for his leadership qualities. He found the strength for this task and the balance to recharge at home, with his family, whom he loves idolatrously,” Kehm said.
“In order to preserve his private sphere as a source of strength, he has always rigorously and consistently separated his private from his public life. This film tells of both worlds. It is his family’s gift to their beloved husband and father. Michael Schumacher has redefined the professional image of a racing driver and has set new standards.”
The first official Michael Schumacher documentary has been a long time coming. With a resume that reads like a Hall of Fame ballot and a win-list that is near unparalleled, Schumacher was a tyrant of world motorsport, however, the German icon suffered a tragic accident in retirement. Skiing in 2013, the driver fell and hit his head on a rock while crossing an off-piste area – suffering a serious head injury despite wearing a ski helmet. Doctors said he would most likely have died had he not been wearing the safety gear, and the world champ was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital. Since then, he has been relatively unheard from, aside from brief passing comments from his family.
His son Mick, who was 13 at the time of his father’s accident has since become a star in his own right, securing a place on the Haas team in Formula One. SCHUMACHER, the first and only Michael Schumacher documentary endorsed by the family of the acclaimed F1 driver will premiere on Netflix on September 15.
What happened to Michael Schumacher?
In 2013, German F1 legend Michael Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock while crossing an off-piste area - suffering a serious head injury despite wearing a ski helmet. Doctors said he would most likely have died had he not been wearing the safety gear, and the world champ was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital.
How many F1 Championships did Michael Schumacher win?
During his F1 career, German driving ace Michael Schumacher won a joint-record seven World Drivers' Championship titles and, at the time of his retirement from the sport in 2012, he held the records for the most wins (91), pole positions (68) and podium finishes (155)—which have since been broken by Lewis Hamilton.