Michael Schumachers manager details family reaction to difficult parts of Netflix film

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Michael Schumacher’s manager has described the reaction of the German’s family to ‘difficult parts’ of the Netflix documentary about his life career. Netflix released their highly-anticipated documentary ‘Schumacher’ today.

The documentary, released on the 30th anniversary of Schumacher’s debut in Formula 1, follows the journey of the seven-time world champion from karting to the pinnacle of motorsport. 

It is one fans are eager to watch, to gain insight into the F1 legend’s life and career.

During an interview, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm talked about how the film has the backing of the German’s family.

“They have seen the film once and they like it and totally are behind it – also the difficult parts,” Kehm replied when asked about their reactions to the documentary.

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When asked about the concealed nature surrounding the sensitive topic of Schumacher’s current health, Kehm pointed to how the racer separated his professional career from his private life as inspiration.

“The family has decided to deal with it in a way Michael dealt with all private topics,” Kehm insisted.

“When he was racing, he was a public person and that was part of his job. But when he came home, he pulled up the drawbridge, as he called it, because he needed this space for himself. 

“He was in the world championship fight for so long, this is so tiring, and so he needed his home and family life as a refuge. 

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“Otherwise he wouldn’t have had the energy for the fight. This he sensed relatively early and he did it like that all those years.

“This again is the reason why his family has been doing it like this all those years now. And I think the film has found a good way to confront this topic despite this attitude.”

It was this attitude that allowed Schumacher to flourish on track and become the champion he was during his career.

The 52-year-old is one of F1’s greatest drivers ever, winning two championships for Benneton in 1994 and 1995 before sealing five in a row for Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.

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After originally retiring in 2006, the German returned for a second F1 stint with Mercedes between 2010 and 2012 – where he was replaced at the Silver Arrows by none other than Lewis Hamilton.

Schumacher’s 91 race wins are the second most in F1 history and he is level on seven championships alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Schumacher’s family life has crossed over onto the track, with his son Mick currently enjoying – or enduring – his debut season in F1 with the Haas team.

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