Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has spoken as soon as once more about shut pal Michael Schumacher – practically 10 years because the F1 icon was final seen in public.
Schumacher suffered a extreme head damage in a snowboarding accident in Meribel, France, in December 2013.
The seven-time phrase champion’s well being situation has been shrouded in secrecy within the decade since, along with his spouse Corinna insistent on defending his privateness as he continues to get better.
Todt, who labored with Schumacher throughout his historic 5 titles in a row from 2000-2004, has been essentially the most common supply of updates in regards to the German, admitting prior to now he has watched F1 races with Schumacher and now the Frenchman has spoken in regards to the Ferrari legend once more.
“Michael is here, so I don’t miss him,” Todt advised L’Equipe this week.
“[But he] is simply not the Michael he used to be. He is different and is wonderfully guided by his wife and children who protect him.
“His life is different now and I have the privilege of sharing moments with him. That’s all there is to say.
“Unfortunately, fate struck him ten years ago. He is no longer the Michael we knew in Formula 1.”
A brand new documentary collection has been launched in Germany this week, Being Michael Schumacher, with contributions from his son Mick, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Hamilton described Schumacher as merely a “full out great racer.”
The household’s lawyer, Felix Damm, revealed in October why no “final report” has been publicised on the 54-year-old’s well being.
“It was always about protecting private things,” Damm advised German outlet LTO. “We considered whether a final report about Michael’s health could be the right way to do this.
“But that wouldn’t have been the end of it and there would have had to be constantly updated ‘water level reports’ and it would not have been up to the family when the media interest in the story stopped.”
Todt has an in depth relationship with the Schumacher household, revealing final yr he has seen the German 3 times per week on some events and including that he’s within the “best of hands… surrounded by people who love him.”
Todt additionally mentioned as not too long ago as final July that he nonetheless watches F1 races with Schumacher regardless of the German’s unknown medical state.
Schumacher’s son Mick misplaced his F1 race seat at Haas final yr and is now a reserve driver at Mercedes, who Michael drove for from 2010-2012.
In a Netflix documentary which aired in 2021 titled Schumacher, Corinna detailed how his household have handled the state of affairs and proceed to “get on with their lives.”
“Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find,” Corinna mentioned.
“We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond. And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will.
“We’re trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives. ‘Private is private’, as he always said.
“It’s very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us and now we are protecting Michael.”
Schumacher holds the joint-record for essentially the most Formula 1 world titles with Hamilton, with a tally of seven.