Over-the-top (OTT) streaming platform Netflix is set to air a new documentary centred around seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, due for release on 15 September.
Titled ‘Schumacher’, the film will tell the ‘long-awaited’ and ‘definitive story’ of the German racing driver’s career, from karting in Kerpen to taking his record seventh championship in 2004.
With interviews from his wife Corinna, their two children Gina and Mick, and former Formula One rivals and peers, the documentary promises unseen archive material, due for release just over 30 years after Schumacher made his Formula One debut in Belgium.
Schumacher retired from racing in 2012, then suffered severe injuries in a skiing accident in 2013, from which he continues to recover from at home.
Kai Finke, Director, EMEA TV licensing Netflix, explained: “This deeply personal portrait of Michael Schumacher will inspire and touch his fans that followed his career, and introduce this iconic personality to our members worldwide who may not be familiar with the star’s huge Formula One accolades.”
The film has been produced by Benjamin Seikel and directed by Vanessa Nocker, both of whom previously worked on a documentary portraying the story of German tennis legend Boris Becker.
Schumacher’s long-time Press Officer and Manager, Sabine Kehm, said on the release of the documentary: “Michael Schumacher has redefined the professional image of a racing driver and has set new standards. In his quest for perfection, he spared neither himself nor his team, driving them to the greatest successes. He is admired all over the world for his leadership qualities.
“He found the strength for this task and the balance to recharge at home, with his family, whom he loves idolatrously. In order to preserve his private sphere as a source of strength, he has always rigorously and consistently separated his private from his public life.
“This film tells of both worlds. It is his family’s gift to their beloved husband and father.”