20-Year-Old F1 Headline Unravels Bitter Michael Schumacher Accusation: “…Since He Became a Dad”

Published 06/28/2022, 9:55 AM EDT
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN: Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher won 7 world championships during his reign in Formula One. He dominated the sport from 2000 to 2004 and took 5 consecutive titles home. But like many great champions in the past, he too had a dull phase where he was not in the race for the championship.

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The 1999 season was arguably one of the toughest of Schumacher’s career when he was in his prime. He started the season well but things turned around after his crash at the British GP. The crash left him with a broken leg and forced him to sit out quite a few races. He finished the season in P5 while his teammate Eddie Irvine missed out on the title by 2 points.

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During the season, there were reports brought to light by media that claimed Schumacher’s son, Mick, has shifted his focus from the sport. According to The Mirror, it was Eddie Jordan, Michael’s former boss, who had mentioned that “Michael’s lost his edge since he became a dad”.

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But he quashed all these reports when he returned to the Malaysian GP that year and finished in P2 behind his teammate.

How much did the crash in Silverstone affect Michael Schumacher?

The German crashed into the barriers at around 150 km/h. The crash was one of the biggest of Schumacher‘s career and during that moment, he felt that he might pass away.

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MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 11: Former Ferrari F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany is seen in the pitlane during practice for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2009, in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“The front wheel had smashed the cockpit, and it was still stuck somewhere in there. I couldn’t get out, and I was trying to pull my leg out, which was trapped. I’m lying there and notice that I’m calming down a bit.

Suddenly I feel my heartbeat fading, becoming slower and slower until suddenly it stops completely. I think, ‘This is probably how it feels when you’re on your way upstairs’,” said Schumacher of the crash.

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Had he not crashed at the 1999 British GP, he could have lifted the champion that year as well. But many would like to see the 1999 season as a stepping stone in Schumacher’s career that he needed to dominate the sport the way he did.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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