In the FIA remember the history of F1: Michael SchumacherApril 9, 2019
Formula 1 is preparing to celebrate the 1000th Grand Prix in the history of the championship – the anniversary race will be held this weekend in China. The press service of the FIA began the publication of the memoirs of the famous racers and other representatives of the world of motor racing, which tell about the place in their life occupied by the Formula 1.
Michael Schumacher’s story about the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix, when he won his third title – and the first with Ferrari – is taken from the book of his memoirs by Michael Schumacher – Driving Force, published in the early 2000s.
“The moment I crossed the finish line in Japan was completely insane! – recalled Schumacher. “Then I was asked all the time what feeling was dominant at that moment, but I never managed to find the right words.”
I truly believe that words cannot convey this. I was so happy – I just did not know what to do with this happiness! It suddenly seemed to me that it was crowded in the car, as if I was trapped in my Ferrari, like a trap – it felt like I was going to explode. I hit the steering wheel with such force that the team thought that I had broken it, so just in case they didn’t use it anymore. But I just felt a huge relief: finally, after so many years of failure, I achieved my goal.
On the circle of returning to the pits after the finish of the race, I just kept going, although I was choked with tears. And it felt like I was standing there and looking at myself from the side. The feeling was almost as if it was not me, but someone else.
When I got out of the car in a closed park, the whole team was already waiting there. It was so great to see these faces! People’s eyes were burning, everyone congratulated me, and I wanted to immediately hug and kiss everyone. I even tried to do it, and well, that Corinna was also there.
Formula 1 is an amazing world where it is important to find the limit of the possible, even if it is different on each lap. That is what I love about our sport. After all, when you feel this limit, you are overwhelmed with joy.
Most clearly you feel it during races or tests, when we drive a long distance. First you adjust the settings on each lap until you find the right ones. Then at some point you find a single rhythm, and it captures you. After that, there is only you and your car, because, to reach the limit, you no longer have to deal with it.
When this moment comes, I see only the ideal trajectory. I literally imagine it: a black ribbon curls in front of me. When you go at the very end, you feel very thrill … “.
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