Michael Schumacher’s manager explains a poignant reason for secrecy about his condition

Michael Schumacher’s family are giving rare interviews to a new documentary about the impressive career of the Formula One driver and his “strong” personality after years of secrecy after a devastating ski accident.

Michael Schumacher’s family will provide rare insight into the life of the Formula One legend, including Invisible private videos, for new Netflix documentary.

But the documentary, due out next month, will focus on the driver’s staggering career and “strong” personality rather than his health after a horrific life-changing ski accident eight years ago.

They have chosen to share only the rare details about his health in recent years, leaving millions of Schuckmacher’s fans around the world wondering if he will ever recover.

His devoted wife, Corina, and the management team have always insisted that his health is a private issue and have remained silent about the racing legend’s progress, if any, since his injury.

Michael Schumacher spoke with Jean Todt in 2004


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Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s director, lifted the lid on why there were so few updates at a meeting of media professionals in March 2016.

She said: “In general, the media never reported on Michael and Corinna’s private life. When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear that he was a normal person.

Once in a long discussion Michael said to me ‘You don’t need to call me for next year, I’m disappearing’.

“I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that one day. That’s why now I still want to protect his desires by not letting anything go out.”

Schumacher is widely considered one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers ever, having won seven championships, five of them in a row.

His family kept his health updates private


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Michael Schumacher won seven world titles in Formula One before the ski accident


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But just a year into his retirement, the racing legend suffered a devastating injury in a skiing accident and has not been seen in public since.

A few years ago, his former Ferrari boss, Jean Todt, paid a visit to Schumacher and gave his supporters hope that he could one day be able to appear in public.

Todd – a former team principal at Ferrari who now serves as president of the FIA, Formula 1’s governing body – told mail on sunday He made a visit to see Schumacher continue to recover in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said, “He’s fighting. I hope the world can see him again. That’s what he and his family are working for.”

Having started karting as a kid, the 52-year-old made his way to Formula 1, where he spent most of his career driving Mercedes cars.

He always wanted to keep his personal life private


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His life was saved by his ski helmet


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He moved to Ferrari, which last won the championship in 1979, in 1996 and turned them into one of the most successful teams in the sport.

Even after retiring in 2006, he couldn’t get the sport out of his blood and returned to the track only four years later.

Two years later he announced that his racing career was already over for good and was replaced by Briton Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

In a moving speech announcing his decision, Schumacher said that while he still felt “capable of competing with the best drivers” he was not sure if he had “the drive and energy to move forward”.

Then, on December 29, 2013, while skiing with his 14-year-old son Mick, Schumacher had a devastating accident.

Father and son were skiing at the Combe de Saulire over Meribel in the French Alps.

As they crossed an unsafe area off the piste, Schumacher, an accomplished skater, fell, hitting his head with a stone.

His life was saved by his ski helmet and the racing legend was airlifted to the hospital and underwent two rescue operations.

Schumacher was placed in a medical coma and his doctors said his condition was stable.

By June of the following year, it was reported that Schumacher had regained consciousness and was taken to hospital for rehabilitation.

He was allowed to go home in September of that year, as his rehabilitation continued, but updates about his condition have been few and far between.

Since then, a neurosurgeon has claimed that Schumacher’s condition has “deteriorated” since the accident.

Nicola Acchiari said: “We must imagine a very different person from the one we remember on the track, with a highly altered and deteriorating organ, musculature and skeletal system. All as a result of the brain trauma he suffered.”

Finally, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope when reports claimed that the F1 ace would undergo stem cell surgery within days.

It gave hope to Schumacher fans around the world but after a few days the allegations appeared to be false.

While his family maintained their silence, it is believed that they did not even think about the procedure during Corona Virus pandemic.

The new documentary features Schumacher’s wife, children and other people who have worked closely with him during his impressive career.

His career will be celebrated in the new Netflix show


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In the trailer, Corinna says of her 26-year-old husband, “I just felt like he was a special person.

“I think he’s simply too strong mentally. Very strong. He still shows me how strong he is every single day.”

“When I look at him I think, ‘I want to be like this,'” adds Mick, who is now building his own reputation on Formula One circuits around the world.

Brother Ralph – who is also a racing driver – Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard and Bernie Ecclestone are all set to appear in the documentary, which promises unseen scenes that show “the many facets of his layered personality”.

Schumacher’s film director Sabine Kehm described the documentary as “a family gift to her beloved husband and father.”


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