September release for Netflix’s Schumacher doc

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Michael Schumacher Jean Todt

Michael Schumacher Jean Todt

A documentary telling the story of Michael Schumacher, featuring archive footage and various interviews, is coming to Netflix in September.

The film will provide an insight into Schumacher’s F1 career in which he won a record seven World Championships and became one of the most successful drivers ever.

It will also take a look at his life away from the track, which was private throughout his time in the sport and continues to be today.

His wife, brother and children all feature in it, as will a number of F1 personnel including Bernie Ecclestone, Jean Todt and Sebastian Vettel amongst others.

As for why the family is allowing such a film to be made, the German’s manager, Sabine Kehm, says it’s their gift to him.

“Michael Schumacher has redefined the professional image of a racing driver and has set new standards,” she said.

“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. 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.”

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The piece, titled SCHUMACHER, is directed by Hanns-Bruno Kammertons, Vanessa Nocker and Michael Wech, who were behind a documentary about Boris Becker released in 2017.

Nocker has praised Michael’s wife, Corinne, saying that she was hugely supportive and helpful in the production of the film.

“The greatest challenge for the directors was certainly to find the balance between independent reporting and consideration for the family,” she said.

“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.”

The film will be released on the streaming service on September 15.