Close friend of Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, has provided another update on the Formula 1 icon this week as he continues with his recovery. The former Ferrari driver has lived a private life in his Swiss home after a tragic skiing accident in 2013, in which he sustained severe injuries. Todt says his pal is still “fighting”. He said: “I can understand why his family and friends are protecting him because we should leave him in peace.
“Michael is fighting, he is fighting, and we can only hope that he will improve.”
The world of Formula 1 has rallied around the seven time world champion, protecting his privacy.
Felipe Massa, another ex-Ferrari man who drove with Schumacher, gave a rare update on his friend in May 2020.
He said: “I know how he is, I have information. The main thing about all this is that we know his situation is not easy. He is in a difficult phase but we need to respect him and the family.”
In a recent Netlfix documentary, titled ‘Schumacher’, the family discusses how they coped since Michael’s accident.
His son Mick, who currently drives for the Haas Formula 1 team, opened up about his thoughts on his father and the difficulty of the last eight years.
Mick, who had been with his father at the time of the accident, was just 14 years old at the time.
He said in the documentary: “When I think about the past now, the images that pop up in my head are usually the four of us having fun. I see images of us driving a go-kart in the meadow.
“I see images of when we were about and about, with the ponies, sitting on the carriage. Really many moments that resonate with joy.
“And since the accident of course, these experiences, these moments, that I believe many people have with their parents, are no longer present, or to a lesser extent.
“And in my view, that is a little unfair.”
Mick continued, saying that he felt he and his father could have had a different relationship now that he is an adult.
He said: “I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport.
“And that we could have much more to talk about. That’s where my head is most of the time. Thinking that would be so cool, that would be it.
“I would give up everything just for that. Yes.”
Schumacher’s wife and Mick’s mother, Corinna, also discussed how the family is doing in the documentary.
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She said: “I have never blamed God for what happened. It was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone can have in life.
“It’s always terrible when you say, ‘Why is this happening to Michael or us?’ But then why does it happen to other people?”
“Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. It’s the children, the family, his father, everyone around him.
“I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I find.”
She added that the family does everything to make Michael’s life as easy as possible, and that they are “protecting” him after he protected them.
Corinna continued: “We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make him comfortable.
“And to simply make him feel our family, our bond.
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“And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will.
“We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.
“’Private is private’, as he always said. It is 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.”
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