Netflix’s new ‘Schumacher’ documentary, produced and released with the blessing of the family, charts the life and career of the motorsport great from his junior days right through to the present day. Looking back at his whole life, viewers get to relive the German’s seven world championships, tense rivalries with Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen, and gain insight into the Schumacher family. Sadly, Formula 1 fans haven’t heard much information on the sporting icon since his skiing accident in 2013, which left him in a coma for six months. The Schumacher family have kept details about Michael’s condition very quiet, with people close to the former Formula 1 driver only offering snippets of information.
But in the Netflix film, his son Mick Schumacher – who drives in Formula 1 for Haas – hinted that his father still has difficulty speaking.
In an emotional part of the film, Mick says he would give up everything to chat to his father about racing.
He said: “I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport.
“And that we could have much more to talk about. That’s where my head is most of the time. Thinking that would be so cool, that would be it.
“I would give up everything just for that. Yes.”
Mick also says that he feels the current situation with his father, who has been out of the public eye for eight years, is “unfair”.
He also spoke of how childhood memories with his father make him “resonate with joy.”
The 22 year old continued: “When I think about the past now, the images that pop up in my head are usually the four of us having fun. I see images of us driving a go-kart in the meadow.
“I see images of when we were out and about, with the ponies, sitting on the carriage. Really many moments that resonate with joy.
“And since the accident of course, these experiences, these moments, that I believe many people have with their parents, are no longer present, or to a lesser extent.
“And in my view, that is a little unfair.”
Ex Ferrari boss, Jean Todt, who is also a close friend of Schumacher, said in December that the treatment the German is receiving has been tailored so the Formula 1 legend can “return to a more normal life.”
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“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”
Schumacher’s wife and Mick’s mother, Corinna, also spoke candidly about the family’s life and how they’ve coped since the accident.
She said: “I have never blamed God for what happened. It was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone can have in life.
“It’s always terrible when you say, ‘Why is this happening to Michael or us?’ But then why does it happen to other people?”
“Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. It’s the children, the family, his father, everyone around him.
“I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I find.”