A Decade Since the Fall: Bernie Ecclestone Remembers Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher will always be remembered as an icon of Formula 1 and as perhaps the greatest leader in the Ferrari team, during his trophy-winning stay in the "Black Horse" camp

by Sededin Dedovic
A Decade Since the Fall: Bernie Ecclestone Remembers Michael Schumacher
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Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, is still revered as an icon of the sport and a dominant force during his time at Ferrari. This week marks 10 years since his tragic skiing accident in which he suffered serious injuries, and tributes have poured in from across the world of motorsport.

Bernie Ecclestone, former Formula 1 boss, recently spoke about Schumacher's impact on the sport, particularly his leadership at Ferrari. He recalled their first meeting, when Schumacher was still a rookie in the Jordan team.

Ecclestone was impressed by the young driver's talent and convinced Eddie Jordan to let him move to Benetton, where he won his first two world titles.

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In 1996, Schumacher made a historic move to Ferrari, a team that had struggled for success for decades.

He helped turn things around, winning five world championships between 2000 and 2004. Ecclestone credits Schumacher's leadership as a key factor in Ferrari's revival. "One day we were sitting together and I asked him 'who is leading this team?' And he said, I'll do it,' Ecclestone recalled.

"He did it very well. He could bring out the best in people. He gained the respect of the team, they listened to him. When he said something, they knew it was right. Whatever Michael said, team principal Jean Todd followed him." Ecclestone also expressed his admiration for Schumacher's personality, calling him "a good man".

"He was a normal guy, just a good man! I miss. He is a star and will always be remembered as a star," Ecclestone said of Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since a skiing incident in France on December 29, 2013. Schumacher's legacy goes far beyond his impressive trophy haul.

He is remembered for his incredible talent, fierce competitiveness and ability to inspire those around him. He is a true Formula 1 legend, and his story continues to inspire drivers around the world. Although Schumacher has not been seen in public since his accident, his influence on Formula 1 remains undeniable.

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