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The Secret Life of Michael Schumacher 19 Oct 2010

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 24 September 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 9 October 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP with his wife Corinna Schumacher (GER).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 29 May 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 12 September 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Race Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 29 August 2010

Nineteen years ago Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut. Nineteen years of interviews - and seven world titles - later, there’s very little we don’t know about Schumacher. But after he agreed to partake in our Secret Life series, we managed to wrangle a few surprises out of the German legend. Samuel Beckett, skydiving and Italian culinary exploits are just some of his unexpected answers…

Q: Are you a ‘Plan-B’ kind of guy?
Michael Schumacher:
No.

Q: Driving a Formula One car aside, what is your favourite buzz?
MS:
At the moment it is skydiving.

Q: Who do you most look forward to seeing when you arrive in the paddock on a Thursday?
MS:
The engineers.

Q: Who is your dream date?
MS:
She is also my dream come true - Corinna.

Q: Which film has made you cry?
MS:
Lately it was Slumdog Millionaire. Well, at least a little.

Q: What are you afraid of - and why?
MS:
It was heights, but not anymore.

Q: What was the last book you read?
MS:
Something from Samuel Beckett. I am very bad at remembering the titles of books and movies and stuff like that.

Q: What is your favourite way to relax?
MS:
A glass of red wine and a cigar.

Q: Five things that you hate?
MS:
I don’t really hate anything.

Q: Have you ever - or would you ever - dye your hair?
MS:
Sure. Why not?

Q: What was the first CD that you bought?
MS:
It was an LP - I think some hard rock, metal stuff.

Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
MS:
Only temporary ones.

Q: What did teachers say about you in your school report?
MS:
Not nice things.

Q: Who were your childhood heroes?
MS:
Hard to tell. I did not really have any.

Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
MS:
Cigars? Poker? I don’t think I should feel guilty about it.

Q: Do you collect anything?
MS:
Watches maybe. But not madly.

Q: What do you miss most about home when you are on the road?
MS:
My family.

Q: What was your worst-ever buy?
MS:
That changes with every fashion change.

Q: How do you take your coffee?
MS:
With hot milk.

Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
MS:
A long breakfast with my family.

Q: What was the first car or machine you drove?
MS:
A Fiat 500 - well, actually I drove a lot of karts before that.

Q: What was the most embarrassing mistake you have made?
MS:
Choose one.

Q: What is the best thing that you can cook?
MS:
Italian pasta probably.

Q: When was the last time you were really furious?
MS:
Really, really furious? In Spa, 1998 [when he crashed into the rear of David Coulthard’s McLaren while leading a very wet Belgian Grand Prix. Coulthard was a lap down and Schumacher blamed the Scot for the incident.]

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