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SCHUMACHER: Netflix revelations 5

SCHUMACHER: Netflix revelations 5

5. Schumacher suffered from insomnia after Ayrton Senna’s death

Schumacher once famously showed just how un-robotic he could be when, having matched Ayrton Senna’s 41 F1 victories at the 2000 Italian Grand Prix, he broke down in a fit of uncontrollable sobs in the post-race press conference.

But the film also features a revealing interview with Schumacher in the aftermath of Senna’s crash, in which Schumacher himself admits the extent to which he was haunted by the death of the Brazilian – who former Benetton manager Flavio Briatore claims in the film Schumacher had a poster of on his bedroom wall growing up.

Fighting back tears, Schumacher reveals that at that point, he was sleeping “maybe three hours a night” – and opens up about a test he’d completed at Silverstone just after the 1994 Imola weekend where, driving a road car around the circuit, he’d become obsessed with thoughts of where on the track he could potentially suffer a fatal accident.

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