Sorry I’m a day late on this, but I had a few technical things to work out before I could get this little snippet of video up for you. The F1 television rights rules are so strict, the contracts with the series so expensive and the images so tightly controlled as a result, that print media journalists do not have the right to use video footage from within the paddock. So whenever I get a chance at events outside the paddock, I like to take a bit of video footage.
Yesterday morning the launch of the season for the Mercedes Grand Prix team took place at a local Bahraini Mercedes showroom, so it was within bounds for video footage. As it turns out, I didn’t have my video camera at the ready and charged up when I suddenly realized I could take a little video of Michael Schumacher being interviewed for the first time during the new season.
I managed to slot my iPhone in between a few shoulders of the television journalists and caught a few minutes of Schumi on camera and then afterwards as he made his way over to the area for the print media conference. So I’m providing you with this uncut, unedited video footage of Schumi on his first, fresh morning of the media bombardment of the 2010 season.