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Michael Schumacher reflects on his Formula 1 career in previously unseen interview

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The family of Michael Schumacher have released an interview with the Formula 1 legend taken two months before his skiing accident in 2013.

In the previously unseen footage, posted on Schumacher’s website, the seven-time world champion reflects on his successful career in the sport.

The German had retired from F1 just a year before following a comeback with Mercedes.

The interview is marked as being given on October 30, 2013.

On December 29 that same year, Schumacher suffered a serious head injury while skiing with his son in Meribel in the French Alps.

The 49-year-old required two operations after hitting his head on a rock and being left comatose.

Updates on Schumacher, who continues to receive treatment at home in Switzerland, are rare. Only close friends and family have been allowed to see him.

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Schumacher's interview released

But fans have now been allowed access to the interview filmed just weeks before the accident.

Schumacher answers 10 questions as he looks back on an incredible career.

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Here are the questions that Schumacher answers. Click HERE to watch the interview.

1. What was your most emotional world title: the first ever in 1994 or the first with Ferrari in 2000?

The most emotional one definitely in Suzuka in 2000 with Ferrari. Twenty-one years with no championship for Ferrari.

Four years for myself, fighting to achieve it and finally in 2000, Suzuka, winning an exceptional race to win the great championship.

2. Which opponent did you respect the most?

The most respected guy in all those years was Mika Hakkinen. Great fights but stable private relationship.

3. How physically demanding is F1?

Formula 1 is very tough. It used to be a lot harder - no power brakes, no power steering - in the past to how it is nowadays.

But it is one of the toughest sports that you can do so lots of preparation is needed.

Michael Schumacher

4. Did you have an F1 idol growing up?

In the young days of karting, I saw Ayrton Senna and Vincenzo Sospiri who I admired a lot. But my real idol was Tony Schumacher because he was a great soccer player.

5. Have you always known you would set records or did you doubt yourself?

Records is one thing. Doubts, I think it is very important to not be over-confident, to be sceptical, to look for improvements and the next step.

I always felt I wasn't good enough and I needed to work on myself. That was one of the recipes that made me what I became.

6. Is F1 a one-man act?

Success in most areas of life is about team work. Yourself, you do what you do.

But as a team you become much stronger. F1 is teamwork and not a one-man show.

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7. Are your periods at Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes comparable?

If you go back to the various teams I have driven for, the missions with Benetton after four or five years, building it up and winning the championship.

The same with Ferrari, we tried the same with Mercedes with lesser time. Is there one thing in common? Yes there is, Ross Brawn.

8. Do you analyse other drivers?

To develop yourself, to find other steps, you look at the car, yourself and other drivers. You don't just look at the front drivers, you look at everybody. Because everybody has something special that I wanted to know.

9. Why is kart racing the best training ground?

Karting is a good preparation for future motor sports. It gives you a lot of facilities and skills you can develop and the fighting, the wheel-to-wheel racing. It is one of the big things you learn from karting.

10. Is it possible to reach the top on talent alone?

Talent in motor sport, as in any sport, is important. But you need to develop lots of different skills. Karting is a good base to prove your talent but also find out the other needs you have as a racing driver.

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It's great that F1 fans have been given this insight into Schumacher's career from the man himself.

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