Why Schumacher was the best I ever worked with – Pat Symonds

Pat Symonds race engineered Michael Schumacher to his first two Formula 1 World Championships, but what made the seven-time champ so special both in and out of the cockpit?

In this video, F1 Racing editor Ben Anderson is joined by associate editor James Roberts to discuss with Symonds, who is now F1's Chief Technical Officer, the lasting impact and legacy that Michael left on the sport.

In it, they talk about how Schumacher broke the mould in terms of what it meant to be a Formula 1 driver – unprecedented levels of fitness, commitment, attention to detail and a win-at-all-costs competitive spirit – that allowed him to blaze a trail to greatness.

Symonds also gives his opinion on how he thinks Schumacher compares to Fernando Alonso – who he also ran to two world titles – and Lewis Hamilton, who is now the closest driver to challenging Schumacher’s mantle as the statistically greatest F1 driver of all time.

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As well as Symonds' insights, Roberts talks about his experience at the Schumacher museum in Cologne, featuring cars from his private collection, which he toured along with Michael's legendary Ferrari team boss, Luca di Montezemolo.

Don't forget to check out this month's F1 Racing magazine, upon which Michael stars on the front cover, and you can read Anderson's personal tribute to the great man here.

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