Documentary by Michael Schumacher Netflix | Schumacher feared death in 1999 British GP crash
Posted On September 15, 2021
Michael Schumacher has revealed that he believes he is dying right after his terrible accident in the first round of the 1999 British Grand Prix, which left him with a broken leg.
Schumacher crashed heavily on the first lap of the race at Silverstone, after a hydraulic failure in his Ferrari left him with no rear brakes at the end of the Hanger Straight, the fastest part of the circuit.
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With limited braking, the front wheels locked up and Schumacher had no control as he left the track, driving through the gravel trap in the tire wall at 105 km / h.
Without tie-downs on the tire barrier, the Ferrari plowed straight through and into the concrete barrier, tearing the front of the car off.
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The seven-time world champion tried to get out of his broken car, but it was immediately obvious that something was wrong, as he collapsed into the cockpit.
Speaking on the Netflix documentary Schumacher, which will be released later today, the German detailed what happened immediately after the crash.
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“The front wheel had broken the cockpit, and it was still stuck somewhere in there,” he said.
“I couldn’t get out and was trying to get my stuck leg out. I lay there and notice I calm down a bit.
“Suddenly, I feel my heartbeat slipping away, getting slower and slower, until suddenly it stops completely.
“I think, ‘This is probably what it feels like when you go up the stairs.”
Schumacher had suffered a double fracture in the lower right leg, which required a 90-minute operation to insert a pin into the break.
Ironically, by the time Schumacher fell, the race had already been stopped to face the cars of Jacques Villeneuve and Alex Zanardi, both stuck on the starting grid.
“The braking on the rear wheels was nil,” said Ferrari spokesman Claudio Berro in the hours following the accident.
Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, told the Netflix documentary that the German has been lucky throughout his career.
“It was a time when I thought, ‘Oh my God’ – but overall we had always managed to get through his races safely, which is why I was sure he had a few angels. guards who kept an eye on him, “she said.
Schumacher was just eight points behind McLaren’s Mika Hakkinen in the championship race at the time of his accident, which sidelined him from mid-July to the penultimate race of the season in mid- October, allowing Hakkinen to clinch his second world title.
The documentary also explores Schumacher’s reaction to Ayrton Senna’s fatal crash in Imola in 1994.
The Brazilian died losing control in the Tamburello corner, hitting the concrete wall. His front right suspension returned to the cockpit, piercing his helmet and causing a fatal injury.
Schumacher, who had become Senna’s biggest rival that season, was immediately behind the Brazilian when he crashed.
After winning the race, he explained how Benetton boss Flavio Briatore broke the news.
“We stepped on the podium, he told us he was in a coma, but a coma can be a lot of things,” Schumacher said.
“It can be something that will be fine the next day.
“The worst part was two weeks later (at the Monaco Grand Prix) when I really had to accept that he was dead.
“It was just something crazy,” he added softly.
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