Michael Schumacher is regarded as one of the best drivers that the world of Formula 1 has ever seen and his unrivalled success in the early 2000s will forever have its place in sporting history.

Schumacher’s career was certainly eventful, from his debut in 1991 and his meteoric rise to becoming the best in the world, to his first retirement and eventual comeback a few years later.

But just when did Michael Schumacher retire from Formula 1 for good and how soon after was the tragic accident that has kept him from public view?

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Schumacher on Netflix: Release date and plot

Netflix’s Schumacher documentary hurtles its way onto our screens on September 15th, 2021.

The only film to be endorsed by the Schumacher family, the documentary explores Michael’s journey into F1, the struggles he faced in the sport and his rise to the top, becoming the most successful driver ever at the time.

What gives the documentary its heart, however, are the interviews with Michael’s friends, family and colleagues who paint a picture of the man behind the helmet and offer an insight into Schumacher’s character both on and off the track.

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When did Michael Schumacher retire?

Michael Schumacher’s second and final retirement from Formula 1 came at the end of the 2012 season.

Schumacher began his career in Formula 1 with Jordan back in 1991 and he was quickly snapped up by Benetton with whom he won the 1994 and 1995 world championships.

Michael then moved to Ferrari in 1996 but the German didn’t truly find success with the Scuderia until 2000 when he won the first of five consecutive titles, a run of dominance that would stretch to 2004.

After winning the 2006 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the then 37-year-old Schumacher announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, bowing out as the rampaging Renault team, led by Fernando Alonso, won their second championship in a row.

Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images

However, Schumacher could not be kept out of the sport for long and he was heavily linked with a return to Ferrari in 2009 after Felipe Massa suffered an injury that would keep him out of action for much of the season.

Unfortunately, a neck injury that Schumacher suffered in a motorbike accident earlier in the year kept his Formula 1 return on ice until 2010 when he eventually joined the newly reformed Mercedes team.

Only midfield minnows at the time, Schumacher helped to lay the groundwork for the 2014 regulation change that would see Lewis Hamilton dominate the sport and go on to match Schumacher’s record of seven world championships.

After three years with Mercedes, Michael Schumacher retired for the second and final time at the end of the 2012 season at the age of 43.

Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images

Michael Schumacher’s accident

While Michael Schumacher is best known for his fast and furious antics on the race track, the skiing accident he suffered in 2013 has dominated many of the conversations about him ever since.

The incident took place in the French skiing resort of Méribel on December 29th, 2013, just over one year after his second retirement from Formula 1.

According to BBC News, Schumacher was travelling at the speed of a “very good skier” when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste.

He was kept in a medically induced coma for six months following the accident and has since been transferred to his home near Lake Geneva where he has continued to receive treatment.

The incident and Michael’s condition aren’t really discussed at length in the documentary as wife Corinna Schumacher maintains that “private is private.”

However, the Schumacher film does see his family open up about his condition to a limited degree, with Corinna explaining that “Michael is here. Different, but here.”

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Schumacher is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on September 15th, 2021.

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