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Michael Schumacher slept just “three hours a night” after witnessing Ayrton Senna death

Michael Schumacher admitted he had sleepless nights after witnessing Ayrton Senna’s death in new footage shown in his self-titled Netflix documentary.

The legendary Formula One driver’s emotional film was released earlier this month, depicting not only his racing exploits but also his human side and personality off the track.

In the film, Senna’s death is the most poignant moment. This is a moving interview that the seven-time world champion shares with the camera.

In footage filmed during the German’s career, Schumacher revealed how he struggled to get over the Brazilian driver’s fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix with the incident keeping him awake at night.



Michael Schumacher and others observed a minute of silence to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of fellow drivers Ayrton Senna of Brazil and Roland Ratzenberger of Austria

Schumacher said: “We went up to the podium, they told us ‘yeah, he’s in a coma’, but a coma can be many things.

“It can just be something that is going to be okay the next day or very bad but you don’t judge it and because you still don’t believe that there is something very dangerous, you don’t believe it.

“I think it was two hours after the race when Mr Walkinshaw came up to me and said it’s looking very bad. And then somebody came to me later and said he’s dead.

“There was so little information at this time that you didn’t know what you should believe. And I still didn’t believe that he’s going to be dead, I just couldn’t think of that at that point.”

“I just thought ‘yeah, he’s going to be the champion, maybe he misses one or two races and then he’s coming back again.’”

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Ayrton Senna was involved in a fatal racing crash driving for Williams at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Ayrton Senna was involved in a fatal racing crash driving for Williams at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix

Three-time world champion Senna had been leading the race with Schumacher just behind until lap seven.

The Brazilian icon was too fast to make the Tamburello turn, and continued straight ahead before colliding with the concrete barrier at 131mph.

Senna’s right front wheel and nose cone teared off while his tire shot up and struck his helmet, shoving his head back with force against the headrest of his Williams car.

Three severe head injuries left Senna with a red flag indicating that the race had been stopped.

Schumacher went on to win in his Benetton but the event was marred by the announcement of Senna’s untimely death only hours after the race.



The German was heavily impacted by the death of his fellow driver
The German was heavily impacted by the death of his fellow driver Ayrton Senna (left)



Michael Schumacher slept just "three hours a night" after witnessing Ayrton Senna death

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Speaking on his mental state in the aftermath of Senna’s death, Schumacher said: “I wake up during the night and I sleep maybe three hours a night and stuff like this.

”The worst was really the two weeks after this [the crash]. I’m referring to the time when I had to accept the fact that he was dead. It was crazy.

“I went to Silverstone and you suddenly saw many things with different eyes. I was driving my Silverstone road car through the circuit, and I thought, “This is a point where you could die.”

“I thought, ‘crazy, you always tested here, you always raced here. But there’s so many points you can crash and you can immediately be dead.’”

Michael Schumacher slept just "three hours a night" after witnessing Ayrton Senna death
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