3. Ferrari questioned whether they’d signed the right driver
Arguably the biggest revelation in the film comes from former Ferrari Team Principal and current FIA President Jean Todt.
Todt was the architect of Ferrari’s early-2000s dominance, recruiting the dream team of Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne to the Scuderia to dramatically reverse their fortunes, and leading to Schumacher and Ferrari winning every drivers’ and constructors’ title between 2000 and 2004 – plus the 1999 constructors’ title.
But change took time – and with a championship not arriving at Ferrari in the alliance’s first three seasons together from 1996 to 1998, Todt reveals that he began to question whether Schumacher himself might be the weak link in the chain, admitting that Ferrari management at one point asked the question: “Is Michael the right driver for us or should we have someone like [Mika] Hakkinen instead?”