January 14, 2009

Schumacher: "My heart stopped then everything went black"

"Suddenly my heartbeat slowed, it stopped then everything went black" Michael Schumacher recalled the aftermath of his 1999 accident at Silverstone when he broke both bones of his lower right leg in an interview for Germany's ZDF.

"I thought that this is what it feels like to be on the other side. I don't know how long I was gone for or if I fainted or was simply in shock. But I know my heat stopped beating for a time."

The seven time champion who after the 1999 accident came back to an unprecedented series of successes, dismissed any possibility of his rethinking his retirement " I did it for 16 years, then I stopped having the motivation that had pushed me"

UPDATE: A link to a translated transcript was kindly provided by Christine from Sidepodcast.com


  1. "subtitles will follow", where are the subtitles?

  2. it's nt my video on YT.... hopefully they will in fact follow

  3. > where are the subtitles?

    kathi has kindly translated the interview for us here:



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