Michael Schumacher’s wife’s rare interview as she shares unseen footage of hero

Michael Schumacher's family are to share unseen footage of the F1 legend in an upcoming Netflix documentary.

In the trailer for the film, which will be released on September 15, Schumacher's family pay tribute to to his 'strong' character as the racing great continues to battle the effects of his life-changing skiing accident eight years ago.

Schumacher's wife Corinna and children Gina and Mick – who followed his father into F1 – talk about the 52-year-old who has not been seen in public since the ill-fated incident back in 2013.

Corinna says of her husband of 26 years: "I just felt that he is somebody special.

"I think that he is simply very strong mentally. Extremely strong. He still shows me how strong he is every day."

Mick, who is now forging his own reputation on F1 tracks around the globe, adds: "When I look at him I think, 'I want to be like that'."

Schumacher's incredible career is charted in the documentary, progressing from his days of karting as young boy right up to his record seventh and final world championship in 2004.

Brother Ralf – also a racing driver – Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard and Bernie Ecclestone are all set to feature in the documentary which promises unseen footage showing 'the many facets of his multi-layered personality'.

The documentary has been described by Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm as 'the family's gift to their beloved husband and father'.

She added: " Michael Schumacher has redefined the professional image of a racing driver and has set new standards.

"In his quest for perfection, he spared neither himself nor his team, driving them to the greatest successes. He is admired all over the world for his leadership qualities.

"He found the strength for this task and the balance to recharge at home, with his family, whom he loves idolatrously.

"In order to preserve his private sphere as a source of strength, he has always rigorously and consistently separated his private from his public life.

"This film tells of both worlds. It is his family's gift to their beloved husband and father."

Schumacher won 91 F1 Grand Prix before retiring in 2012, and suffered the serious head injury in the French Alps on December 29 2013.

Updates on his health have been scarce in the years since, and the documentary is said not to focus on his condition, but on him as a person.

Vanessa Nocker, who directed the film along with Hanns-Bruno Kammertons and Michael Wech, said: "Corinna Schumacher herself was our greatest support in this.

"She herself wanted to make an authentic film, to show Michael as he is, with all his ups and downs, without any sugar-coating.

"She was great and brave enough to let us do what we wanted, and so we respected and kept her boundaries. A very inspiring, warm woman who made a lasting impression on all of us."

Schumacher shot to stardom as he won two titles with Benetton before winning a further five with Ferrari between 1996 and 2006.

He retired from racing in 2006 but returned to the track four years later with Mercedes, before calling time on his career for a second occasion in 2012.

The documentary had been due to be released in 2020 with filming taking place in 2019, but the volume of material caused producers to delay it on several occasions.

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