MOTORSPORT HEROES FILM
Mika Hakkinen, Felipe Massa, Tom Kristensen and Michele Mouton.
No, this is not some racing hipster’s ultimate pub-quiz team. These are four influential, top-level talents brought together to dig into the humanity of one of Formula 1’s legends: Michael Schumacher.
Motorsport Heroes is a major film project that will combine narratives of top-class drivers – announced at this year’s Autosport Awards as two-time F1 champion Hakkinen, 2008 runner-up Massa, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kristensen and World Rally Championship rally winner Mouton – with archive footage. Senna film director and BAFTA winner Manish Pandey is driving the project.
An exclusive first look at Sunday’s Awards showed Hakkinen, Massa, Kristensen and Mouton embarking on an overnight trip. This, Pandey explained, was a bonding exercise designed so they would feel comfortable enough with each other to reveal real, human stories of seven-time champion Schumacher as a driver and as a person.
Schumacher has not been seen in public since suffering a serious head injury in a skiing accident in late 2013. The Motorsport Heroes feature will partner the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere (ICM), one of the world’s leading brain and spineresearch institutes, which has enjoyed an enduring relationship with F1. Schumacher helped found it in 2006.