Michael Schumacher haunted by death of Grand Prix rival Senna It was a real struggle

Michael Schumacher: Netflix tease documentary in trailer

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Michael Schumacher has remained out of the public eye since sustaining a serious head injury in a skiing accident in 2013. Next week, Netflix will drop Schumacher, the only officially approved documentary about the racing driver’s life since his accident which includes never-before-seen footage of Michael and his wife Corinna Schumacher discussing the death of Grand Prix driver Ayrton Senna.

At the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Brazilian driver Ayrton crashed into a wall at 145mph.

The race was allowed to continue as no one knew Ayrton had died and Michael went onto win.

In the footage, Michael opened up on the lasting impact of Senna’s death. 

“That was something very strange. I wake up during the night and I sleep maybe three hours a night, stuff like this,” he explains. 

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The racing driver admits he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to drive again following the tragic incident. 

Corinna adds: “We asked ourselves how it could have happened – and Michael really asked himself if everyone was acting correctly.

“It was really difficult. It was a real struggle for him, but he was a master at blocking things out.

“He was able to focus so intently on whatever he was doing that he blocked out out everything else.”

Ayrton’s death and another fatal incident the day before led to Formula 1 putting in new safety measures.

Michael sustained a serious head injury after hitting his head on a rock while skiing. 

His family have kept quiet since the accident and have released little information about his condition. 

In the Netflix documentary, Corinna reflects on her life with Michael before the accident. 

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She says: “He couldn’t sing well. But he always sang My Way because he knew the lyrics.”

Corinna reveals her husband would be the life and soul of the party.

“I fell in love with him simply because he was a wonderful person,” she adds. 

“I just sensed that he was something special to me.”

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The couple share two children, Gina-Maria, 24 and Mick, 22.

Elsewhere in the documentary, Michael’s father recalls a time when the iconic driver was relatively anonymous. 

Ralf says: “[Before his first race] we sat out on a square and ate pizza undisturbed.

“The place was packed, I think four to five hundred people, and no one came up to us. That was the last time that nobody bothered us.”

Schumacher arrives on Netflix on September 15.

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