Jordan. LeBron. Tiger. Serina. Brady. Michael Schumacher may not get as much acclaim from American audiences with the same name as some stars. But his career represents almost everyone because of its length and success.
From the beginning of early 1990s until his retirement in 2012, Schumacher dominated Formula 1 racing, leaving the sport on a list of records that include the most world titles, most wins, most positions, most podiums, fastest laps, and most races won in a season.
Some of which remain nearly a decade later.
However, during this success, Schumacher carefully maintained his privacy and rarely allowed fans to see the real man behind the trophy. Schumacher changed that by offering a rare personal window into his life, even though he offered few clues about his current state after a tragic post-retirement disaster.
The backbone of Schumacher is contemporary interviews with personalities from the athlete’s life and career, contextualizing his ascent. One of the funniest was Benetton’s former racing team director, Flavio Briatore. He was amazed by the young man’s early success and realized he was facing Ayrton Senna when he “had a poster of Senna in his room five years earlier.”
“We always use the cheapest equipment,” Schumacher said in an archival interview, recalling his humble beginnings in a sport that has often been a province of billionaires and aristocrats. “I took old tires out of the trash, put them in my go-kart and won races with them. I’m always happy to win with the worst equipment and not the best. The fact that I actually have to fight like this is an added motivation for me. “
Formula 1 racing can be a mystery to the average American audience.
However, that has changed recently as the Netflix series Drive To Survive and extensive racing coverage have created a new generation of fans.
These new fans find the sport thrilling both on and off the track – full of high-speed action and colourful, aristocratic characters, metaphorically and whisked through some of the world’s brightest bars.
Touched by figures such as Max Ferstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Valteri Botas, and Lando Norris, these new viewers may want to learn more about the history and legends of this sport, and perhaps there is no such better place to start than this well-crafted documentary. Good about this sport. German racing legend.
His success story is a boundary legend; After a modest and meagre start, Schumacher appeared out of nowhere and won the team spot midway through the season after the other riders had left.
With Benetton, he won his first title in 1994, marking the start of a great success that would last for a decade and the half. In 1996 he switched to Ferrari – the legendary automaker has struggled for the past few decades and has not been able to win a championship since 1979. And enough – this is the flesh of the athlete’s career, the moments of his dynasty.
Like most sports documentaries, it consists mainly of archival footage and contemporary interviews;
In a media-friendly sport, that means we see Schumacher even as a teenage go-kart. Just like a hungry kid with long-awaited sweet dreams. Data from his athletic career and personal life. It contextualizes these early competitions well and provides. The insight into his champion’s personality even at the age of 13.
Unfortunately, and of course, when we hear from Schumacher himself, it comes through archival interviews conducted throughout his long career; after retiring for the second time in 2012. The athlete suffered a severe head injury in a skiing the accident in 2013.
The documentary admits this towards the end. Though it offers slightly new ideas on dealing with it. This did not hinder the film’s success; it looks back at a man’s life and career, not today’s profile.