Michael Schumacher

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First-look: Netflix releases official trailer for Michael Schumacher doccie

A new documentary, approved by the Schumacher family, will include rare interviews and previously undisclosed footage of Michael Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher

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On 25 August 1991, Michael Schumacher drove his very first Formula 1 race in Spa, Belgium. Now, 30 years later, Netflix released the first official trailer for Schumacher, a documentary and the ‘ultimate portrait’ of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher.

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Ever since the German driver sustained a severe head injury in a skiing accident in 2013, his health became a closely guarded topic restricted to his immediate family. He hasn’t been seen since.

According to Drive, the family is set to give a rare insight into the champion’s life for the first time ever.

In June 2021, Netflix announced that a documentary was in the works about Schumacher’s life. The film features interviews with his wife Corinna, brother and fellow F1 driver Ralf, and his two now-grown children Gina-Maria and Mick (now an F1 racer himself). It’s presumed to be a peek inside the highlights of Schumacher’s career and maybe even how he’s doing now, but it is expected to gloss over any hard details or current photos. 

The ultimate documentary of the Formula 1 icon

Virals All Sports R on YouTube went on to put together an English-dubbed version of the newly-released trailer so non-German speakers can watch and understand it too.

“The greatest challenge for the directors was certainly to find the balance between independent reporting and consideration for the family,” said director Vanessa Nöcker in a statement. “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.”

Billed as ‘the ultimate documentary of Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher’ by Netflix, the streaming service promises interviews with F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Mika Häkkinen, Flavio Briatore, Damon Hill, Jean Todt, and Bernie Ecclestone as well as previously unreleased archive footage.

The documentary will be released on 15 September 2021.

Watch: Official Trailer