Michael Schumacher (January 3, 1969, Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany) continues to fight. It is one of the few that has been known since a damn day on December 29, 2013, at the Méribel station, in the French Alps, he suffered a skiing accident that drastically changed his life. Since then, information that has emerged about the state of health of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion is scarce and is known through the words of the few friends who were able to visit him, such as jean todthis former boss at Ferrari and a great friend of the Schumacher.


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“I’m always wary of ads like this, but it’s true. We watched the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland. He doesn’t give up and keeps fighting.”said Jean Todt a few years ago, that this time, in statements to the ‘Corrière della Sera’He referred again to his great friend, whom he visits periodically.

His new words: “I had consequences”

“Those who claim to know something know nothing”, said on this occasion, referring to the rumors that have arisen in recent years about Michael’s state of health and the statements of some protagonists. In addition, she made reference to the accident that Michael suffered while skiing, admitting that “had consequences”though without specifying further.

Calls for the Schumachers’ privacy to be respected

“I visit them often, their family is my family”, he added, referring to the Schumacher family and the wife of the seven-time champion Corinna Schumacher, whom he has always defended due to his desire to keep the true state of health of his son a secret. the ‘Kaiser’. Again, in this appearance on the aforementioned Italian vehicle, Todt again asked that this family’s will be respected: “We must leave them in peace, we must respect Corinna’s decision”.

Michael Schumacher and Corinna, at the 62nd edition of the Grande Gala do Mundo Deportivo Sports

Michael Schumacher and Corinna, at the 62nd edition of the Grande Gala do Mundo Deportivo Sports

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The family has already spoken in the documentary

It is worth remembering that Schumacher’s family already spoke of Michael in the documentary that Netflix released in 2021 about the seven-time F1 world champion. There, his son Mick Schumacher said a phrase from which many conclusions can be drawn: “I would give anything to be able to talk to him”.

“My father and I would now understand each other in a different way. I think we would speak a very similar language, that of motorsport, and we would have a lot to talk about, and that’s what I keep thinking about. I think how great it would be if there was. anything to have that,” said Mick.

Michael and Mick Schumacher

Michael and Mick Schumacher

“When I think about the past, the images that come to mind are of the four of us having fun. I see images of the two of us driving a kart across the countryside, I see images of us riding in a pony-drawn carriage, many moments that I look back on with joy.” , pointed out the F1 driver, current reserve driver for the Mercedes and McLaren teams, in that documentary.

“Since the accident, these experiences, these typical moments of a family are no longer present. At least not as before. And in my opinion it is very unfair”, added Mick in the aforementioned production.

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Corinna Schumacher and her daughter Gina

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Michael Schumacher received an honorary award from his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in 2022, which was collected by his wife in Cologne. “Today we pay tribute to a man who is not only distinguished by his sporting achievements. But above all, we pay tribute to Michael Schumacher beyond racing and the spotlight,” said North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst. But in that act, he highlighted how difficult it was for Corinna, who couldn’t hold back tears at first. Her daughter Gina, who came to accompany her, had to comfort her mother.

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Corinna Schumacher in 2022 at a Michael Schumacher tribute award from her home state of North Rhine-Westphalia

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