“Michael has always been a very warm person,” Kehm reveals in a special episode of the official F1 podcast Beyond The Grid, presented by Bose, “but he didn’t want that to be seen to the outside because he felt that would kind of take away something of the competitiveness – at least in the outer perception.”
Behind closed doors, however, Kehm was tasked by Schumacher with jobs like finding out the birthdays of all the personnel he worked with at Ferrari, as well as making sure they all received a well thought-out present from him at Christmas. “That was something that was really important to him,” Kehm tells Beyond The Grid host Tom Clarkson. “He knew that he was demanding, but he felt like at least he wanted to reward them in a way.”
Now, as the seven-time world champion celebrates his 50th birthday, enjoy a fascinating, eye-opening conversation with the woman who knew Schumacher better than almost anyone else, as Kehm reveals what it was like to be in the back of the garage during the dominant Ferrari years, what Michael was like away from the track, what inspired that 2010 comeback with Mercedes and much more.