Michael Schumacher: Moving the documentary on RTL! / Formula 1

Finally: The great SCHUMACHER documentary is coming from Netflix for free on TV. RTL will show the 112-minute film on November 13 at 9:15 p.m., after the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Netflix documentary SCHUMACHER was released on September 15 and instantly shot to become #1 most popular movie. Now the movie, worth watching, can finally be enjoyed on free TV – thanks to RTL. The broadcaster stated: “As part of a major sporting evening, RTL will look back on the career of the incomparable racing driver legend on November 13, 9:15 pm, after the broadcast of the Brazilian Grand Prix with its first free TV show. Documentary SCHUMACHER. »

Sabine Kehm, Schumacher Family Manager: “We are delighted that the documentary on Michael is now celebrating its first free TV show on RTL – after all, he and RTL have a long and shared history with Formula 1.”

Michael Schumacher’s illustrious Formula 1 career began more than 31 years ago, and entry to the First Class, as Schumi experienced at the time, is unimaginable today.

The German worked his way up from mediocre conditions to become the most successful driver in Formula 1, with 91 grand prix victories and seven world titles. Today, Michael Schumacher will be proudly in the Haas pits to watch his son Mick in his second season at the Grand Prix. But fate will have it otherwise. Since his skiing accident on December 29, 2013 in the French Alps, Schumacher has been struggling with his health, isolated from his family.

However, the interest in Schumi did not stop, so there was a huge excitement when it became known in 2020: the streaming provider Netflix is ​​working with the Schumacher family on a documentary about the extraordinary athlete, a simple title – SCHUMACHER. This 112-minute movie has been available on Netflix since September 15, 2021.

In addition to his father Rolf and brother Ralph, Schumacher’s wife Corinna and his two children Gina and Mick have their say, as well as his closest companions and rivals. Among them are Jean Todt, Eddie Irvine, Ross Brawn, Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill, Flavio Briatore, David Coulthard, Willie Webber, Luca di Montezemolo, Piero Ferrari, his manager Sabine Kehm and many more.

The filmmakers have achieved something that seemed almost impossible after a life in the spotlight – we get to know new sides of Michael Schumacher.

Basically, there have always been two Michael Schumachers: Schumi, the racing driver who is relentless, goal-oriented to the point of stubborn determination, sometimes untouchable, blessed with incredible talent, and unsurpassed in work ethic, the man who made Ferrari champion the world again. Then the family man Schumacher, whom only a few of his comrades knew.

The filmmakers do an excellent job of conveying the magic of Formula 1, also thanks to extensive access to the Formula One management archive. But scenes from different circuits are always associated with Schumacher as a person and not with the racing driver. It’s moments like this that touch your heart: for example, when Schumacher told then-Benetton boss Flavio Briatore at Imola in 1994 that Ayrton Senna was not doing well.

This shows how weak Schumacher is as a person, and the death of the great Alcenna had a huge impact on Michael. Numerous interviews deepen this impression. Michael Schumacher is not a man without contradictions, because while he always gives the impression to the outside world that he cannot be wrong, he can also be insightful – but only after a while, see the collision with Jacques Villeneuve in Jerez 1997.

It sounds contradictory, but while Schumacher was looking to be the best racer in the world, he wasn’t looking for the spotlight. In the end, there was only one environment in which he felt completely comfortable – with his family.

The most exciting moments in the movie are the ones in which his wife Corinna or his son Mick speaks. Corina Schumacher very frankly: “I never blamed God for why this happened now. It was just really bad luck. You can’t have more bad luck in life.” Shortly before the tragic events in the French Alps, her husband told her: “The snow is not perfect, we can travel to Dubai.”

Mick Schumacher says what it would be like to have your dad by your side in Formula 1 today: “That would be very cool. It would be now. I think my dad and I will understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport. Just for that.” Young Schumacher’s voice breaks, there’s another “yes”, Mick looks down – at least now the viewer has a lump in his throat.

The warmth and love in the Schumacher house is also evidenced by the many overlays from photo albums or from home movies.

In the Netflix documentary Corinna Schumacher says about how much people miss Michael Schumacher: “I’m not alone. The kids, the family, his dad, everyone around him, everyone misses Michael. But Michael is there, different, but he’s there and that gives us all the strength. We live together in home, we do therapy, we do everything we can to make Michael feel better and just simply feel a family bond. It’s important that he continues to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael has always been protecting us, and now we are protecting Michael.”

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