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Michael Schumacher’s manager details ’emotional explosion’ that still ‘beats me up’

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Michael Schumacher’s manager has recalled the wave of emotions he felt when the German secured his first championship with Ferrari – and admitted the occasion still gets to him today. Netflix have released their highly-anticipated documentary ‘Schumacher’, which details his incredible career and life.

The film, released on the 30th anniversary of Schumacher’s debut in Formula 1, follows the journey of the seven-time world champion from karting to the pinnacle of motorsport. 

Schumacher won the first two of his seven world championships at Benetton before joining motorsport giants Ferrari for the 1996 season.

However, the German endured several frustrating years at the Prancing Horses as he was disqualified from the championship in 1997, beaten by Mika Hakkinen in 1998 and suffered a broken leg forcing him to miss most of the 1999 season.

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He bounced back in 2000, winning nine races to seal the first of five consecutive titles with the famous Italian outfit.

During an interview, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm was asked about his reaction to the German’s third world title – and first with Ferrari. 

Kehm revealed he was struck by an overwhelming wave of emotion after years of work.

“Those were deep emotions indeed,” Kehm recalled after Schumacher won the championship at the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix.

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“Back then, I experienced the emotional explosion in the Ferrari garage after the first world championship title.

“Seeing it still beats me up today.”

The 52-year-old is one of F1’s greatest drivers ever, winning two championships for Benneton in 1994 and 1995 before sealing five in a row for Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.

After originally retiring in 2006, the German returned for a second F1 stint with Mercedes between 2010 and 2012 – where he was replaced at the Silver Arrows by none other than Lewis Hamilton.

Schumacher’s 91 race wins are the second most in F1 history and he is level on seven championships alongside Hamilton.

Schumacher’s son Mick is currently enjoying – or enduring – his debut season in F1 with the Haas team.

While he is stuck in a tremendously uncompetitive car, the rookie has impressed at times and has consistently outperformed his team-mate Nikita Mazepin.

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