DESPITE being the most successful Formula One driver of all time, a newly released interview with Michael Schumacher, taken just two months before the motorsport legend’s catastrophic accident, reveals just how remarkably humble he really was.
Schumacher is not only beloved of his army of fans but was also loved throughout the pit lane for his personality as well as his driving prowess before his December 2013 skiing accident.
In the first previously unseen interview since the incident which left ‘Schuey’ in a coma and unable to walk, he was asked which drivers he looked up to help him improve.
The seven time world champion, whose record remains unsurpassed, gave a humbly surprising answer.
Mr Schumacher said he did not just look at the best drivers he was competing against but said everyone, no matter what their position on the grid, had “something special” that he could learn from.
Asked if he only analysed the best drivers, Schumacher replied: “To develop yourself to fight at the steps, you not only look at the car, you look at yourself and other drivers.
“Or so I did because everybody has something special that I wanted to know.”
The incredibly self-effacing response has startled F1 fans who believe the 49-year-old, who won 91 races, already knew all there was about racing.
Schumacher was seriously injured in a skiing accident after striking his head on a rock while in an off-piste area in the French Alps in December 2013.
He was in a coma for six months and little is known of his current condition but it is believed he has been left unable to walk.
He is cared for in his Swiss home where his manager has said his condition is slowly improving.
The newly released video was shot in October 2013, hauntingly less than three months before his skiing accident.