Michael Schumacher’s Documentary Director Reveals the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ Made With Wife Corrina

Published 09/15/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
IMOLA, SAN MARINO ITALY: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the qualifying session for the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


After a long wait, Netflix released the documentary of Michael Schumacher earlier today. Titled ‘Schumacher’, the 112-minute film details the German’s F1 career and features several interviews.

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During the documentary, Michael’s wife Corrina Schumacher features prominently along with the rest of their family. In a recent appearance, Vanessa Nocker, a director of the documentary, revealed how an agreement with Corrina created a boundary while making it.

Vanessa Nocker reveals the boundary which resulted from agreement with Corrina Schumacher

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In recent times, Netflix has forged a reputation for creating intriguing behind-the-scenes content on sports. While Formula 1 already features on the popular streaming platform with Drive to Survive, Schumacher adds another exciting story for fans to enjoy.

With seven world titles, Schumacher forged a legacy in the sport which drivers look up to. While a skiing accident in 2013 left him with severe injuries, the documentary paints a picture of the German’s racing days.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 6: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the drivers parade prior to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 6, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

However, not all aspects of the German’s life made it to the documentary. Speaking to Matt Clayton on the In the Fast Lane podcast, Nocker revealed she had a gentleman’s agreement with Corrina. Their agreement allowed the 52-year-old to destroy anything they recorded which didn’t have a place in the film.

She said“We had one gentleman’s agreement with Corrina. It’s that we do the interviews, and she can tell all. In the end, if we don’t use anything that she really does not want in this film, we’re going to destroy that. So, that was the only boundary that we had. I think that’s respectful, I can live with that. As a journalist, I can easily live with that.”

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Sebastian Vettel features among prominent motorsport figures in the Michael Schumacher documentary

Along with members of the Schumacher family, several well-known names from F1 also feature in the documentary. Among them is Sebastian Vettel, who idolized the former Ferrari driver and shares a warm relationship with his son, Mick.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team looks on as the prototype for the 2022 F1 season is unveiled during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The documentary also features FIA president Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone, long-time rival Mika Hakkinen and Damon Hill, among others.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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