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New Michael Schumacher Documentary Will Feature Never-Before-Seen Footage

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New Michael Schumacher Documentary Will Feature Never-Before-Seen Footage

The story of motor racing great Michael Schumacher is set to be told in a new Netflix documentary about his life.

Titled Schumacher and backed by the German racer's family, the documentary promises to provide a rare insight into the life and career of the now-52-year-old's rise through the ranks to become a record seven-time Formula 1 World Champion.

Of course, Schumacher has been kept out of the public eye by his family since a tragic skiing accident in 2013, with very little known about his condition ever since.

However, the announcement of the documentary will no doubt be greeted with excitement by motorsport fans the world over. The new film promises unseen archive material which shows the 'many facets of his multi-layered personality' according to the blurb.

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It will also feature exclusive interviews with his wife Corinna, his two children Gina and Mick - the latter currently racing in Formula 1 himself - as well as brother and former Formula 1 competitor Ralf.

Among others set to appear in the film are colleagues and race competitors, including Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill and David Coulthard.

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has described the film as the 'family's gift to their beloved husband and father'.

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Director Vanessa Nocker said: "The greatest challenge for the directors was certainly to find the balance between independent reporting and consideration for the family.

"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 sugar-coating.

"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."

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Kehm commented that Schumacher 'redefined the professional image of a racing driver and has set new standards'.

"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," she added.

"He found the strength for this task and the balance to recharge at home, with his family, whom he loves idolatrously.

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"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."

The documentary was supposed to come out in 2019 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Schumacher's life was changed was in 2013 as a result of a skiing accident that gave him brain injuries and reportedly saw him put into a medically induced coma, from which he didn't emerge for nearly six months.

The former driver had been skiing with son Mick when he fell and collided with a rock in the French Alps.

He hasn't been seen in public since and his family have been fiercely private about his recovery.

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Topics: SPORT, TV and Film, Formula 1, Netflix

Simon Catling
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