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  • A new Netflix documentary about Michael Schumacher will launch on Netflix on 15 September.
  • Schumacher is the only film supported by his family. 
  • The documentary unveils the complex picture of Michael Schumacher as a person through exclusive interviews.


On 25 August, thirty years ago, Michael Schumacher drove his very first Formula 1 race in Spa, Belgium. Earlier in August, also on the 25th, Netflix released the official trailer for Schumacher, the ultimate portrait of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher. 

Now, the film is finally out on Netflix.

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is the subject of a new Netflix documentary released on Wednesday (15 September), the platform announced earlier on 30 July.

READ | Michael Schumacher is 'different' after brain injury, reveals his wife Corinna

Characterised by an undying passion, hard work and unparalleled ambition, the F1 icon Schumacher quickly rose from newcomer to global champion - and ultimately a motorsport legend.

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Michael Schumacher being interviewed by reporters after a Formula One race.

The film titled Schumacher retraces the life and career of the German driver, who has not been seen in public since a serious skiing accident in 2013, and promises unseen archive material that shows the "many facets of his multi-layered personality".

The portrait of the racing legend, now 52, is "the only film supported by his family", the platform said in a press release.

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

The documentary features exclusive interviews with his wife Corinna, his two children Gina and Mick, himself an F1 driver since this season, and brother Ralf, as well as those who worked with or raced against Schumacher, including Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill and David Coulthard.

Schumacher, who won 91 Grand Prix before retiring from Formula One in 2012, suffered a serious head injury on December 29, 2013 in the French Alps and his state of health remains secret.

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Michael Schumacher. (Photo: Motorsport Images/Supplied/Netflix)
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Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari celebrates on the podium after winning the French F1 Grand Prix at the Magny-Cours Circuit on 4 July 2004, in Magny-Cours, France. (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

"The greatest challenge for the directors was certainly to find the balance between independent reporting and consideration for the family," said Vanessa Nocker who directed the film along with Hanns-Bruno Kammertons and Michael Wech.

"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.

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Michael Schumacher and his wife, Corinna Schumacher.

"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."

It will be released 30 years after the German's first Grand Prix in Belgium in August 1991.

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