We talk to Schumacher

Seems Michael Schumacher is busier than ever since his ‘retirement’ – between official Ferrari duties, parachute jumping and, er, the odd TV appearance – so we weren’t going to miss the chance to chat F1 with him.

Somewhere in between his FXX lap and interview with JC for last Sunday’s telly show, we sat him in front of TopGear.com’s own camera for his thoughts on this season.

In Schuey on F1, the seven-time world champ talks about his current advisory role at Ferrari F1, helping to develop the road cars, and mentoring Felipe Massa.

“[I] give our drivers some help but I’m certainly not a coach,” he says, but with the caveat that both Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are more than capable of knowing what to do in a race.

We also get the Schumacher view on this season’s rule changes, the proposed budget cap, and whether turning 40 has slowed him down at all. Seems not.

Schuey on Lewis talks about Hamilton’s form this season, and why he appears to have swapped places with Button at the front. Is it driver or car… or team?

There’s also a nice quote about when a new F1 car doesn’t come together properly after a great previous season: it makes the drivers ‘look like we’re all kind of idiots’ – and what that felt like for Schuey in 2005 with Ferrari.

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo gets a mention, too – is it true he broke a few TVs during the more difficult races in Schuey’s career? ‘Occasionally I have received some bills’, he said.

In the final clip – Schuey in the FXX – Michael tells us what it’s like breaking records on the TG test track, and how even an 800-odd bhp race-prepped Ferrari doesn’t give him an adrenalin rush.

He only gets that now from jumping out of planes now: “Yes, I have a licence for it,” he says.

Who knew?

UPDATE, June 24: these videos are now available outside the UK…

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KAK !!!!!!!!!

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Great to see Shumi on the episode. I think he was a great sport considering the jokes JC has made about him in the past…Shumi seemed relaxed even!!..for a German…

I remember watching the lap in the Fxx and thinking..holy shat…did you how tight his lines were out of Chicago and the hammer head, I knew it had to be someone else than the regular stig (I didnt know he was going to be on..honest)..really a lap of a driving god!!! I would love to see the normal stig’s lap time in the Fxx or even JC’s :)

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you know what would be funny? If they pulled the stig identity trick every episode this season. and if it was really susan boyle one of those times.

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To all the people from abroad who moan about not being able to watch top gear clips on the website.

Topgear is produced by the BBC (_British_ Broadcasting Corporation) and is paid for by something called the licence fee which British people are supposed to pay in order to get a TV licence, which gives you the right to watch TV. So if you all get to watch it, then in my opinion, you should all pay for it. So we should make the Topgear video vault subscription to people abroad and free for the UK.

I bet none of the moaners would subscribe, and would complain about having to pay instead.

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Philpac…

Im not entiely with you. Are web videos also subject to broadcasting rergulations?

How does Youtube get away with it then?

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is he the real stig?

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Revealing the Stig was the most stupit idea from Top Gear ,they practicly killed the Stig , the guy who thought of this should be shot , i mean the very idea of the Stig is that of a mistery man , the guy behind the wheel that nobody knows about , now what? a new Stig , i mean you’ve done black ,now white , whats next purple ? ’cause Top Gear ain’t Top Gear without Stig no? come on , what the hell are you doing ? anyway im wayting for their next move ? sorry for my English …

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The BBC in the UK is funded by UK residents via a TV license which costs over £100 a year and quite frankly why the hell should we have to pay to watch or get fined a £1000. All those complaining should count themselves lucky they get to see the show at all! thee BBC sells the show to other broadcasters out side the UK which is why you can see them. it’s the same with the premier league, w have to pay to see our matches but most outside the UK get them for free, all of them!

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Topgear was great! Watched it last night, superb!
Also watched a summery of last yrs season F1, it was so great, why all these changes? Now Mosley is crying again, what the hell. Back to the ´08 cars and away with this man!

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Just a thanks for unlocking the interview videos. I understand you have annoying restrictions “due to the unique way in which the BBC is funded,” but it’s very impressive and exciting to see our comments are heard. Of all the fun behind the scenes and outtake vids on this site I think those were the ones most of us were interested in seeing. Thank you TopGear.com

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Is it true that tonight’s show will be available to UK viewers only ??

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Is he the real STIG? or is it a wind up?

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I don’t think Michael Schumacher is the real STIG

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Like everyone else I was very excited to see the race between the McLaren F1 and the Bugatti Veyron, but when you announced the race was to be over a distance of one mile rather than the established standing start quarter mile universally used to determine the fastest/quickest accelerating car, I realised it was rigged in favour of the Bugatti’s top end of 252mph against the McLaren F1’s of 240mph.
The McLaren F1 (despite only having one engine, being 15 years older, and having no traction control)left the Bugatti standing by some distance for the first quarter of a mile, and the Bugatti didn’t catch up with the McLaren F1 until they were at about the half mile mark….
If you wanted to guage their performance with greater accuracy, you should have marked their track position relevant to one another at the point where the McLaren F1 reached it’s top speed, not when the Bugatti could overtake with it’s extra 12mph top speed.
That aside, the Bugatti will always lose out on looks to the gorgeous McLaren F1.
Just one more thing – will Top Gear ever let The Stig take a McLaren F1 around the track at their base….Many thanks for a wonderful programme.

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ola massa vai fundo amigo torco por vc fica com deus

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why do you not do anything with monster trucks?

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we in South Africa are only seeing series 7 now.
Can anyone tell me which episode was with Michael Schumacher?

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