Karun Chandhok, former Formula 1 driver and current commentator for Sky Sport UK, shared a story about Scuderia Ferrari and Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher from the time when both were active in the paddock. The anecdote primarily focuses on the great human qualities that have always characterized the seven-time World Champion from Germany.
Karun Chandhok and anecdotes about Michael Schumacher
“Michael Schumacher was one of my heroes,” Karun Chandhok said to the well-known television broadcaster. “When Alain Prost retired in ’93, I became a big fan of Michael, even though I didn’t like what he did with Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill. But overall, I still appreciated his brilliance,” he added.
The former Indian driver then reflected on several moments he had shared with the German in the past: “I remember my first Formula 1 test in 2007 with Red Bull in Barcelona. I left the pit, and Michael had come back for a special test with Ferrari after retiring for the first time in the previous season. I left the garage, followed him out of the pit lane, and I thought to myself, ‘This is just crazy.’ It was my very first day in an F1 car, and I was following Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari!”
And about a special moment which took place at the 2010 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix: “It was my first race, on Thursday, the day of the press conference. Michael was the first driver to greet me and say ‘welcome to Formula 1.’ Then we spent five minutes chatting; he asked about my background and where I came from, he wished me good luck for my season. He didn’t need to do that, but he did.”
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“It was the race of his big comeback with Mercedes. At that moment, he was the biggest star, bigger than Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso; he was the biggest star in the sport, making his big return. I was nobody, he didn’t need to do it, and I’ve always really appreciated the fact that he took those five minutes to make me feel welcome in this sport. He was a nice guy and a fantastic driver,” Karun Chandhok concluded.