“Can we take a break?”, Schumacher collapses

“Can we take a break?”, Schumacher collapses

ESPN looks back on a highlight of Michael Schumacher’s career, with images of the press conference given by the Formula 1 legend after his 41st victory on the circuit, in September 2000 at Monza.

“Schumi” fans still remember it. In September 2000, after winning the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, Michael Schumacher completely broke down. The German pilot, then double world champion of Formula 1 – and become the star of Ferrari -, had just won his 41st race, to equal the number of victories of his idol Ayrton Senna. ESPN released strong footage of the “Red Baron” during the post-race press conference.

“I don’t know if you know, but this is your 41st victory, which puts you level with Senna. Does this victory mean a lot to you? »then asked a journalist. “Yes, it means a lot to me”, replied Schumacher, before bursting into tears, unable to continue his answer. His brother Ralf Schumacher, present in front of the media after his third place (driving a Williams-BMW), was himself surprised by Michael’s reaction.

Schumacher explained his great emotion. He suddenly remembered Senna’s death on May 1, 1994 in San Marino. The one who was not yet the “Kaizer” of F1 was behind the Brazilian’s car which crashed in the Tamburello corner at Imola. Michael Schumacher finished with 91 career victories and is only trailed by Lewis Hamilton, who has won 103 times. Max Verstappen has 58, Sebastian Vettel 53 and Alain Prost 51, all ahead of icon Ayrton Senna, at 41.

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