Netflix 'Schumacher': Docu focuses on racing icon's greatness, not his present

The final minutes of 'Schumacher' see Corrina shed light on Michael Schumacher's condition and his children hoping he's someday be his old self


                            Netflix 'Schumacher': Docu focuses on racing icon's greatness, not his present
Michael Schumacher of Ferrari celebrating a win (Getty Images)
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Spoilers for 'Schumacher'

Whether that was the idea, or maybe a change in plans, there's not much about Michael Schumacher's present condition in 'Schumacher'.

The Netflix documentary made the headlines when his wife Corrina Schumacher made an appearance and gave an update on his condition after the tragic accident in 2013 that has since made him a recluse. Barring the sporadic updates and the reports of him being holed up in Glands, Switzerland, there's nothing about the decorated Formula One champion. Instead, what the documentary focuses on, is his rise to fame, the man he was, and the racing DNA that flowed in his veins. Schumacher was scarily fast, a sort of guy that could associate the iconic phrase, "I have the need, the need for speed," from 'Top Gun', a cult classic. Schumacher was a tough customer on the track, and when he raced, he knew his limits, which, safe to say was better than most racers at that time. He led Ferrari to a championship win after they last tasted that victory champagne in '79.

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'Schumacher' also focuses on his rivalry with Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen and Ayrton Senna. Every season, Schumacher would lock horns with these legends and the duel was real. There were fights, there were stunning wins and equally crushing defeats, and in a way, the documentary probably wanted to showcase the achievements of one of the greatest sporting legends than focus on the life-changing accident.

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The final minutes of the documentary see Corrina shed light on Schumacher's condition. She said he was different, but his presence gave the family strength. "Michael is here. Different, but he's here, and that gives us strength," she explained tearfully. "We're together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he's comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond."

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"And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will. We're trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives. I never blamed God for why this happened now. It [the accident] was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone could ever have in their life."

'Schumacher' is streaming on Netflix.

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