Former McLaren Driver Speaks Out in New Documentary
In the new documentary "Being Michael Schumacher," former McLaren driver David Coulthard reveals that Schumacher believed their infamous race clash during the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix was an intentional attempt to kill him.
Furious Confrontation in the McLaren Garage
Following the collision, Schumacher stormed into the McLaren garage and confronted Coulthard, accusing him of ruining his race. Coulthard insists it was simply an accident and not a conspiracy.
Monsoon-Like Conditions and a Dangerous Track
The 1998 Belgian Grand Prix took place under extremely wet and dangerous conditions. Thirteen drivers were involved in a massive crash on the first lap, and the race had to be stopped for over an hour.
The Collision that Ended Schumacher's Race
As Schumacher approached Coulthard to lap him, the German racer shook his fist in anger. Coulthard attempted to let Schumacher pass, but due to poor visibility, Schumacher crashed into the back of Coulthard's McLaren, resulting in severe damage to both cars.
Schumacher's Fury and Accusations
Schumacher expressed his frustration and accused Coulthard of intentionally trying to harm him. Coulthard was shocked by the accusations and hoped that Schumacher would regret his comments.
The Feud and Fault
The documentary reveals that those who once funded Schumacher believe he was at fault for the feud. Norbert Haug, former head of Mercedes Benz motorsport, suggests that the blame lies primarily with Schumacher for traveling at such high speeds.
A Darker Side to Schumacher
Coulthard describes Schumacher as a ruthless and distant competitor who pushed the limits to achieve success. According to Coulthard, Schumacher's driving style was more extreme than that of other drivers.