By: Natasha Archary
The Netflix documentary of Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher will be streaming on the platform from 15 September. Schumacher’s family said the documentary was extremely emotional to get through as it details his illustrious F1 career at Ferarri, Jordan, Benetton and Mercedes.
Titled Schumacher, the Netflix documentary covers the German racing driver’s career and personal life.
Michael Schumacher had a skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013 which ended his career after he sustained a serious injury to his brain which left him in a coma.
He hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in Meribel and was air-lifted to a hospital in Grenoble.
After undergoing two surgeries, Schumacher was placed in a medically induced coma for six months to help reduce the swelling of his brain. Schumacher was then moved to another hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland after coming out of his coma in 2014 and after 250 days returned to his Lake Geneva home.
Last year, renowned neurosurgeon Erich Riederer claimed that Schumacher was in a “vegetative state”, and that has been one piece from a very narrow stream of information that has emerged about the state of the Formula 1 icon.
Details about Schumacher’s condition and updates on his health status have been kept out of the public domain for the most part and F1 fans have been patiently awaiting the release of the documentary which will hopefully fill in the gaps.
His family maintains that details about his health are not of public concern.
Schumacher was on the road to become the greatest in the sport with 91 Grand Prix wins, a title that has since been clinched by Lewis Hamilton who surpassed that feat with 99 Grand Prix titles.
Hamilton was presented with Schumacher’s helmet by Mick Schumacher, Michael’s son last year when he equalled the German F1 driver’s record.
“I don’t even know what to say. You know when you grow up watching someone, you generally idolise them, really just in terms of the quality of the driver they are, but what they are able to continuously do year on year and race on race and week on week with their team,” Lewis Hamilton described being tied with Michael Schumacher for most Grand Prix wins.