Netflix Documentary: Corinna Schumacher comments on her husband Michael’s accident

Michael Schumacher’s unique racing career is the focus of a new Netflix documentary. The film is a gift from his family to the sports star, whose fate touched many. His wife speaks for the first time about the time after the ski accident.

Corinna Schumacher can’t hold back the tears. The memory of that fateful day nearly eight years ago, when Michael Schumacher had a serious skiing accident, deeply moved the wife of the Formula 1 world champion. “I never blamed God for why this happened now. It was really unlucky. You have more bad luck in life,” the 52-year-old said in a paused voice on camera. In the Netflix documentary Schumacher, which will be available from September 15, it offers the first insight into family life after the tragedy in the French Alps on December 29, 2013.

At the time, star Schumacher suffered cardiogenic shock in the event of a fall despite wearing a helmet and was in mortal danger for several days. His wife remembers that her husband told her a short time ago: “The snow is not perfect, we can travel to Dubai.” There he wanted to go skydiving instead, one of the former racing driver’s passions.

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It’s the last few minutes of the nearly two-hour film that at least assuages ​​many Schumacher fans’ cravings for new information about the motorsport champion. “We live together in the house, we deal with it, we do everything we can to make Michael feel better and better, and he can simply feel our family relationship,” says Corina Schumacher. Some previously unreleased recordings convey a picture of a harmonious family vibe before the skiing accident.

“It’s very clear that I miss Michael every day, and not just me, the children, the family, his father, everyone around him. Everyone misses Michael,” says Corina Schumacher, before adding: “But Michael is there, different, but he is there and that He gives us all the strength.”

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Schumacher’s children, daughter Gina Maria (24) and son Mick (22), also describe the world-famous father as a family man with whom they had moments of fun. “It’s a bit unfair” says Mick’s son that they can’t have moments like this after their father’s accident. He himself has now arrived in Formula 1 as a racing driver and is currently in his first season there with the US team Haas. Mick says he will have a lot to talk about with his dad. “I would have given up everything just for that.”

The hole that the skating drama created in the Schumacher family can be clearly guessed in this clip from the film. But if you are now expecting details about the health of the sports idol, you will be disappointed. “We never chased after the title, but we slowly approached it and found a way together. It wouldn’t have worked otherwise. In the end, we had an instinct to protect ourselves,” says Vanessa Knucker, who along with Hans Bruno Camertons directed directed by Michael Wisch.

Friends like Bernie Ecclestone, Flavio Briatore or Mika Hakkinen have their say

The family wanted to give Michael Schumacher a gift with the film, says longtime life counselor Sabine Kehm. “She saw the movie once and loved it so much and she is completely behind it – even on the tough trails,” confirms the director, who today also accompanies Mick Schumacher’s motorsport career.

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From the beginnings of karting, to the rise from mediocre circumstances to a Formula 1 icon, but also the dark moments of an over-ambitious Michael Schumacher, the documentary tells with images that die-hard fans usually already know, but might want to see again and again. Comrades like Zampano Bernie Ecclestone, ex-team bosses Flavio Briatore, Jean Todt and Ross Brawn, and competitors like Mika Hakkinen provide insights into a pilot who pushed the boundaries of his sport with his passion and exceptional talent.

“I never in my life thought anything could ever happen to Michael”

“He had the charisma of a leader,” says Piero Ferrari. “That was his gift to us.” In the red car with the pony, Schumacher won five of his seven world titles.

The Schumacher story did not lose any of its charm as he was largely protecting his life away from the racetrack. The scenes in which Corinna Schumacher reports eating pasta together and her husband’s preference for throwing other people into swimming pools, even at her wedding, are touching. “First of all, I think I’m the happiest person Michael has ever met,” she says.

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He recalled another sentence from the 52-year-old. “For me, I would have never thought in my life that anything could happen to Michael,” Corinna Schumacher says at one point when it comes to the dangers of motorsports. In a Formula 1 car, Schumacher was unharmed apart from a broken leg in a 1999 crash at Silverstone.

This happiness and guardian angels that his wife recounts about Schumacher’s departure in December 2013. Mount Destiny, where the fateful skiing accident occurred, appears white and cold in the Netflix movie as a symbol of tragedy. “We live our lives,” Corina Schumacher says. “It is important that he continues to enjoy his private life as much as he can. Michael has always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael.”

Read here: Mick Schumacher says emotional words about his father. In Stern PLUS, you’ll find detailed critiques of the Netflix report and its makers’ data.

Written by Christian Holman, Jake

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