Michael Schumacher's family shares private footage of F1 legend in new film
A long-awaited documentary about Michael Schumacher’s life and career, featuring private footage provided by his family, has been completed.
First announced over two years ago with a tentative 2019 release date, the film was delayed once to process home videos and again by the coronavirus pandemic.
But the makers have now confirmed the documentary is ready to be launched.
Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One alongside Lewis Hamilton, has not been seen in public since a skiing accident in 2013 in the French Alps left him with severe brain injuries.
Credible information on the 52-year-old’s condition has been scarce.
The documentary will, however, provide some insight into Schumacher’s life during his rise to the top, his championship years and the time since his accident.
His wife Corinna, son Mick, daughter Gina-Marie and father Rolf are all expected to feature during interviews about the seven-time world champion.
Schumacher’s family also offered home videos for the filmmakers to include in the production - a rare glimpse into the legend’s life off the track.
The family has since ticked off on the documentary, their final approval one of the last barriers before a release date can be organised.
“The film is finished,” producer Vanessa Nocker told German outlet Express.
“Coronavirus has made the situation very difficult. In this respect, we cannot give a precise time at the moment and ask for a little patience.”
Fellow producer Benjamin Seikel said: “We are thrilled to have had the trusting co-operation of Michael Schumacher’s family and management. Without their support, this film would not have been possible.”
The documentary is likely to arrive after Schumacher’s son Mick makes his Formula One debut in March.
Now 21, Mick has followed in his father’s footsteps and reached the top level despite the turmoil since the family’s skiing trip changed their lives forever.
Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, who makes regular visits to see Michael Schumacher, has given the strongest indications that the F1 legend’s condition has improved over the years.
Todt said Schumacher was closely watching his son’s rise into Formula One.
“Of course he is following him,” Todt told RTL France late last year.
“Mick is probably going to race in Formula 1 next year, which will be a great challenge.
“We would be delighted to have a new Schumacher at the highest level of motor racing.”
Todt has never given much away when asked directly about Schumacher’s health, however.
“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” Todt said.
“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights. We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”Will Schumacher ever fully recover?
The German racing legend has a small chance of returning to a fairly normal life after being in a vegetative state following his skiicing accident, according to Professor Mark Obermann, the Director of the Centre for Neurology at the Asklepios clinic in Germany.
Prof Obermann said: “According to a Swedish study, between 30 and 40 percent of patients have regained consciousness within four years.”
While Obermann isn’t suggesting the F1 legend will have a full recovery, he said: “Many can come back to life and see how their children and grandchildren grow up, what plans they have or what else happens in the family or in the circle of friends.”