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Michael Schumacher was haunted by death of rival in Grand Prix, his wife claims

Michael Schumacher, 52, has been in recovery since he sustained a serious head injury after hitting his head on a rock while skiing in 2013. Now a new documentary reveals a previously unseen side to the Formula 1 great

 

 

Michael Schumacher struggled to sleep after a horror crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix killed his rival, a documentary has revealed.

The Formula 1 great, who has been out of the public eye since a skiing accident in December 2013, was distressed by the smash in which 34-year-old driver Ayrton Senna tragically died.

Brazilian driver Senna crashed as he tried to stay ahead of Schumacher in the race, but ended up plunging into a wall at 145mph.

At the time, no one knew Senna had died – if his death had been declared, the race would have been stopped.

However, the race was allowed to continue and Schumacher went on to win.

The crash, combined with another fatal incident the day before, was a turning point in the safety of Formula 1 and prompted new safety measures to be put in place.

Michael Schumacher, now 52, eventually became one of the greatest ever Formula 1 drivers, but new footage that has emerged in the Netflix documentary, Michael, shows how he was affected by the crash.

He is recorded saying: “That was something very strange. I wake up during the night and I sleep maybe three hours a night, stuff like this.”

The driver added he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to drive again without constantly thinking about what had happened to Senna.

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