6. Schumacher And Brawn In F1
has now been almost seven years since Michael Schumacher was placed in a
medically induced coma. Updates from his family have been few and far between
in the years since and it is a tragic fate for such a legendary driver, widely
considered to be the best to ever sit in a Formula One car.
Winning seven championships for two different teams, Schumacher’s talent behind the wheel was matched by that of Ross Brawn in the pit. He joined Benetton in 1991, the same year as Schumacher, following him to Ferrari in 1997 and being credited for the development of both teams into championship contenders with his mastery of racing strategy. His success continued even after Schumacher’s retirement, building his own team (Brawn GP) that evolved into the Lewis Hamilton-fronted Mercedes outfit that dominates the grid today.
The intertwining tale of the two men and how they fed off of each other would make for a riveting watch, as would the exploration of some of Schumacher’s more controversial actions that attempted to jeopardise the championship hopes of his rivals.
Netflix have a proven track record with Formula One documentaries, having enjoyably covered the two most recent championships with their Drive To Survive series, telling the stories of each team, their drivers and principals in their quest for racing success. Mixing the accessibility and interview depth of this with a focus on the men themselves akin to Asif Kapadia’s Senna would be a surefire hit.