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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Schumacher family release haunting new video


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Michael Schumacher's family have released haunting new video of the stricken F1 icon, speaking about his legendary career two months before his fateful skiing accident.

The seven-time world champion, the most decorated F1 driver in history, spoke about struggling with his self-belief, his most respected rival and the state of the sport in footage released by his family on his website. The interview is dated October 30, 2013; his skiing accident in the French Alps, in which he struck his head on a rock, happened on December 29 that year.

In the video, Schumacher, now 49, said that he never assumed he would become such a dominant figure in F1 and that self-doubt drove him to his glittering achievements.

"Records is one thing. Doubts ... I think it is very important to not be over confident - to be skeptical, to look for improvements," he said.

"Yeah, I always felt I am not good enough, I have to work, and that was one part of the recipe that made me what I became."

He added that F1 was a team sport in which success was not down to the driver alone.

"Success, as in any situation of life or in most I know, is about teamwork," he said.

"Yourself, you do what you do. As a team, you will be much stronger. Formula 1 is a team work, and definitely not a one-man show.'

He said that F1 had become significantly easier by the end of his 17-year career, thanks to advancements in car technology.

"Formula One is very tough. It used to be a lot harder - no power brakes, no power steering - in the past compared to nowadays," he said.

"But anyway it is one of the toughest sports you can do, so a lot of preparation is needed."

He named his very first world championship, with Ferrari in 2000, as the most emotional of his seven triumphs.

"Twenty-one years no championship with Ferrari, four years myself failing , then finally, in a great race, to achieve it, win the world championship," he said.

Schumacher named Mika Hakkinen as his most admired rival driver.

"The most respected guy in all those years was definitely Mika Hakkinen. Great fights, but stable private relationship."

He also voiced his admiration for Ross Brawn, the technical genius to whom he owed much of his success.

"If you go back to the various teams I have driven for, the various missions - Benetton, after four or five years building it up to the championship, same with Ferrari,we tried the same with Mercedes in less time - is there one thing in common, I would say yes there is: Ross Brawn. Think about it."

Schumacher revealed that his sporting idol growing up was not an F1 driver but a footballer: Germany international Toni Schumacher (no relation).

"In the young days of karting, I looked around and yes, I saw Ayrton Senna or Vincenzo Sospiri, but my real idol was Toni Schumacher because he was a great soccer player," he said.

Schumacher remains at his Lake Geneva home, where he is tended to by a medical team. His name has been in the news recently, despite his condition remaining a closely-guarded secret.

This week, a family friend revealed how "hard" Schumacher's condition was on his son, F3 champion Mick Schumacher. A touching letter from his wife, Corrina, to a well-wisher also made headlines, as did a charity initiative that involved the Schumacher family's Keep Fighting Foundation.

Michael Schumacher's family have released haunting new video of the stricken F1 icon, speaking about his legendary career two months before his fateful skiing accident.

The seven-time world champion, the most decorated F1 driver in history, spoke about struggling with his self-belief, his most respected rival and the state of the sport in footage released by his family on his website. The interview is dated October 30, 2013; his skiing accident in the French Alps, in which he struck his head on a rock, happened on December 29 that year.

In the video, Schumacher, now 49, said that he never assumed he would become such a dominant figure in F1 and that self-doubt drove him to his glittering achievements.

"Records is one thing. Doubts ... I think it is very important to not be over confident - to be skeptical, to look for improvements," he said.

"Yeah, I always felt I am not good enough, I have to work, and that was one part of the recipe that made me what I became."

He added that F1 was a team sport in which success was not down to the driver alone.

"Success, as in any situation of life or in most I know, is about teamwork," he said.

"Yourself, you do what you do. As a team, you will be much stronger. Formula 1 is a team work, and definitely not a one-man show.'

He said that F1 had become significantly easier by the end of his 17-year career, thanks to advancements in car technology.

"Formula One is very tough. It used to be a lot harder - no power brakes, no power steering - in the past compared to nowadays," he said.

"But anyway it is one of the toughest sports you can do, so a lot of preparation is needed."

He named his very first world championship, with Ferrari in 2000, as the most emotional of his seven triumphs.

"Twenty-one years no championship with Ferrari, four years myself failing , then finally, in a great race, to achieve it, win the world championship," he said.

Schumacher named Mika Hakkinen as his most admired rival driver.

"The most respected guy in all those years was definitely Mika Hakkinen. Great fights, but stable private relationship."

He also voiced his admiration for Ross Brawn, the technical genius to whom he owed much of his success.

"If you go back to the various teams I have driven for, the various missions - Benetton, after four or five years building it up to the championship, same with Ferrari,we tried the same with Mercedes in less time - is there one thing in common, I would say yes there is: Ross Brawn. Think about it."

Schumacher revealed that his sporting idol growing up was not an F1 driver but a footballer: Germany international Toni Schumacher (no relation).

"In the young days of karting, I looked around and yes, I saw Ayrton Senna or Vincenzo Sospiri, but my real idol was Toni Schumacher because he was a great soccer player," he said.

Schumacher remains at his Lake Geneva home, where he is tended to by a medical team. His name has been in the news recently, despite his condition remaining a closely-guarded secret.

This week, a family friend revealed how "hard" Schumacher's condition was on his son, F3 champion Mick Schumacher. A touching letter from his wife, Corrina, to a well-wisher also made headlines, as did a charity initiative that involved the Schumacher family's Keep Fighting Foundation.

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