A living legend in car racing. This is what repeatedly comes to mind when the name Michael Schumacher is brought up. That’s to be expected; with seven world champion titles, 68 pole positions, 91 victories and 154 podiums, the 42-year-old German driver has the most impressive record in the sport. He talks with Audacity about his memories, his projects and his relationship with time…
Michael Schumacher, what were the best moments of your career?
The emotional ones. Among the many memories of my career, the most astounding is probably the moment when I crossed the Suzuka 2000 finish line, winning not only the Japanese GP, but more importantly, the world champion title for Ferrari. It was 21 years after Ferrari had had a driver`s title, and it was also the culmination of 5 years of waiting, trying and fighting for myself. Winning the title was just an explosion of joy.
And the worst moments?
In 1994, that horrible weekend when we lost two drivers. I remember the shock of losing Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger. For me, the era when people died on the racetrack was behind us, but then I had to experience that I was wrong. It was terrible.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently collaborating with Mercedes to develop a team and a car that will win races, and eventually championships. It’s not easy to develop a car that will win, but that`s what life is about: embracing challenges and trying to work them into something good.
As a racecar driver, you must have a very special relationship with time and precision: what is your opinion about Swiss watchmaking, and particularly a brand such as Audemars Piguet?
Time and precision have always been two key factors for me. They’re sometimes even my enemies, as I am obviously trying to master them both! Striving for perfection is in my character. In my view it corresponds perfectly with Audemars Piguet, who combines tradition and innovation to build and create something extraordinary. I can identify with that commitment perfectly.
Finally, who are your role models, in sports or in other areas?
I have to admit I do not really have role models. What I find intriguing are people who live out their passions. This is possible in any area of life. What really matters is not fame, but passion.