Michael Schumacher Documentary Will Show Rare Footage Of Stricken F1 Star
A Michael Schumacher documentary is set to air later this year, offering a rare glimpse into the Formula 1 legend's life since he suffered a serious brain injury in a 2013 skiing accident.
Little is known publicly about the health of the seven-time F1 world champion since the incident in the French Alps in December, just over seven years ago. His family have understandably been extremely protective of his privacy in the years since.
But now a documentary titled 'Schumacher' will include private recordings that the family have agreed to release, offering an insight into the German driver's health battle.
The 52-year-old's wife, Corinna, who has rarely spoken in public since the accident is expected to be among the interviewees participating in the film.
Schumacher's injury came as a result of him falling and striking his head on a rock while skiing off-piste during a family holiday. He was wearing a helmet at the time but the injury was severe, requiring two surgeries and Schumacher being placed in a medically induced coma for six months.
He's been slowly recuperating at his home in Geneva, Switzerland, in the years since.
On the track last season, Britain's Lewis Hamilton matched Schumacher's record seven F1 drivers' titles and bypassed his 91 race wins.
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But there was a powerfully touching moment when the 21-year-old Mick Schumacher (who will drive for the Haas team in F1 next season) presented Hamilton with one of his father's red helmets from his days as a Ferrari driver.
It was at the Italian team where Schumacher won five of his world championships, the other two coming at Benetton.
Sabine Kehm, a spokesperson for the Schumacher family, said: "The film portrays Michael's impressive career, but also many of the facets of the complex man.
"The merciless and daring Formula 1 driver, the ambitious athlete, the accomplished mechanic with a unique technical flair, the reliable team player and loving family man."
An exact date for the release is not set but motorsport fans - or just those interested in a modern sporting great - can expect the film before the end of the year.
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