Michael Schumacher’s family have shared rare footage of the stricken Formula 1 legend in a new documentary.The seven-time world champion is in a medically-induced coma after suffering devastating brain injuries in a 2013 French Alps skiing accident.
The 52-year-old’s condition and progress have been kept a closely-guarded secret by his family with only a handful of people allowed to visit him.
But the new documentary Schumacher has now been completed and after his family gave the final go-ahead, is now set for release, PlanetF1 reports.
The documentary includes private recordings the German ace’s family have provided.
Interviews with Schumacher’s wife Corinna, son Mick, daughter Gina-Marie and father Rolf are all expected to feature in the film.
The documentary is the work of Award-winning German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons.
Benjamin Seikel, who produced the documentary along with Nocker, said: “We are thrilled to have had the trusting co-operation of Michael Schumacher’s family and management. Without their support, this film would not have been possible.”
Its makers have, however, said the Covid situation means they are unclear when it will be available for a full public view.
Schumacher family spokesperson Sabine Kehm said: “The film portrays Michael‘s impressive career, but also many of the facets of the complex man.
“The merciless and daring Formula 1 driver, the ambitious athlete, the accomplished mechanic with a unique technical flair, the reliable team player and loving family man.”
Schumacher’s close friend Jean Todt, the FIA president and former boss of Ferrari is one of a handful who have been able to see him.
At the end of last year, Todt, 74, gave a rare update on Schumacher’s condition to Ouest France, saying: “I am very discreet on this subject.
“We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.
“Since then, he has been treated so that he can be able to return to a more normal life.”
After a previous visit to the F1 star, Todt said at the time: “He is fighting.”
Over a sparkling F1 career Schumacher notched up seven championship wins, winning five titles in a row between 2000 and 2004.
He won 91 races in total and is widely regarded as possibly the greatest F1 driver of all time.
His record of seven championship titles was equalled by Brit driver Lewis Hamilton in 2020.
– The Sun