Michael Schumacher had doubts whether or not he may race on with out worry following the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994.
The seven-time world champion was behind Senna on the San Marino Grand Prix when the Brazilian crashed at over 130mph on the Tamburello nook which claimed his life on the age of 34.
At the time Senna was revered as the best driver within the sport and his death had a profound influence on Schumacher who seemed like he was on track for a titanic scrap with the Brazilian for that yr’s championship.
Michael Schumacher (third from proper) feared for his personal life after the death of Ayrton Senna
Senna (pictured) and Schumacher have been set to have a titanic battle for the 1994 F1 world title
However, the legendary Brazilian died after crashing out on the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Netflix has released the documentary ‘Schumacher’ which options an interview early into the German’s profession the place he talks about how Senna’s crash impacted him.
He mentioned: ‘It was two hours after the race the place (engineering director) Mr (Tom) Walkinshaw got here as much as me after the race and mentioned it is wanting very dangerous. I mentioned “no he is in a coma however a coma doesn’t suggest something dangerous”. He mentioned “no it would not look too good”. And then somebody got here to me later and mentioned “he is lifeless”.
‘I nonetheless did not imagine he’d be lifeless, I could not suppose of that. That level I used to be like “no, he’ll be the champion”. He perhaps misses one or two races and then comes again once more. The worst was actually the 2 weeks after this as I needed to settle for he was lifeless.’
When requested whether or not it was ‘straightforward to drive once more’ following the death of the Williams driver he added: ‘Silverstone, I went there (afterwards) and all of the sudden you see issues with totally different eyes.
Schumacher received the championship that yr after a controversial collision with Damon Hill
‘I went by means of Silverstone in a highway automotive and simply thought “this can be a level you may be lifeless, that is one other level you may be lifeless”.
‘I believed “loopy you at all times raced right here however there are such a lot of factors you’ll be able to crash and you may be instantly lifeless” that was the one factor I used to be pondering of.
‘I did not know what was going to be the scenario if I used to be going to be within the race automotive.
‘I wasn’t positive can I drive with out pondering that or I’m going to drive now at all times pondering “now you may be lifeless right here, if you happen to go off right here it is going to be dangerous” and that was one thing very unusual.
‘I get up throughout the night time and I’d sleep perhaps three hours an evening issues like this.’
The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix is remembered as one of probably the most tragic weekends within the sport’s historical past with fellow driver Roland Ratzenberger additionally dying in a crash the day earlier than Senna.
Netflix has launched a documentary giving an intimate portrait of Schumacher’s life
It consists of unseen footage and interviews with his household in addition to different racing drivers
Schumacher did keep it up and he received his first championship that yr whereas driving for Benetton in dramatic circumstances after colliding with Senna’s team-mate and title rival Damon Hill within the decider at Adelaide.
Before Senna’s death, there had been some ‘friction’ between the three-time champion and Schumacher.
The documentary exhibits Senna lecturing Schumacher after the pair collided throughout the 1992 French Grand Prix.
Ross Brawn who labored with Schumacher at Benetton and Ferrari mentioned: ‘I do not suppose Michael got down to strive and upset him (Senna).
‘I believe Michael was racing him the identical means a he was racing everybody else, as he ought to have executed.
There had been some friction between Schumacher and Senna early within the German’s profession
‘It triggered some friction. Ayrton tried to place Michael in his place just a few occasions on the monitor, which upset Michael.
‘I believe that was equally respectful in order that they have been a bit fractious in that early interval.’
The documentary later confirmed Schumacher crying throughout a post-race convention after he was advised he had matched Senna’s 41 profession wins after the 2000 Italian Grand Prix.
‘Schumacher’ the documentary was launched by Netflix on Wednesday and exhibits an intimate portrait of his life together with occasions throughout his profession and interviews with relations and fellow drivers.
It additionally options interviews with his household on the occasions of his snowboarding incident in 2013 that left him with extreme head accidents which he’s nonetheless recovering from to at the present time.
His spouse Corinna mentioned: ‘I’ve by no means blamed god for what occurred it was simply actually dangerous luck. All the dangerous luck anybody can have in life. It’s at all times horrible if you say “why is that this taking place to Michael or us”. But then why does it occur to different individuals?
‘Of course I miss Michael day-after-day nevertheless it’s not simply me who misses him – the youngsters, the household, his father, everybody round him. I imply everyone misses Michael however Michael is right here. Different however he’s right here and that provides us energy I discover.
Schumacher went on to win seven championships throughout a legendary profession within the sport
‘We’re collectively we stay at house we do remedy. We do all the things we will to make Michael higher and to verify he’s comfy. And to easily make him really feel our household, our bond. And it doesn’t matter what I’ll do all the things I can.
‘We’re making an attempt to hold on as a household the way in which Michael preferred it and nonetheless does. And we’re getting on with our lives. “Private is non-public” as he at all times mentioned. It’s crucial to me that he can proceed to take pleasure in his non-public life as a lot as potential. Michael at all times protected us now we’re defending Michael.
His son Mick Schumacher who made his debut with the Haas group this season mentioned: ‘Since the accident of course, these experiences, these moments that I imagine many have with their current are now not current or to a lesser extent.
‘I imagine that could be a little unfair. I believe dad and me would perceive one another otherwise as we might perceive one another by means of the language of motorsport.
‘And that we might have way more to speak about. And that’s the place my head is most of the time. Thinking that will be so cool. I’d quit all the things simply for that.’
His spouse Corinna mentioned that ‘everybody misses Michael’ and the household have executed remedy