Michael Schumacher, eight years after his accident

Today marks the eighth anniversary of Michael Schumacher‘s ski accident in the French Alps. A long time has passed since that fateful December 29, 2013 and yet, his state of health remains largely unknown.

The seven-time Formula 1 champion’s family has always been jealous of its privacy, and right from the beginning, the press and fans have been kept very much in the dark regarding his health. 

In September, however, the documentary ‘Schumacher’ was released on Netflix, showing for the first time a collection of public statements from his wife Corinna and his son Mick speaking about the state of the former F1 driver. 

Schumi´s wife

In the documentary, his wife declared that The ‘Red Baron’, who continues to recover at home under specialized care, is still with them but “in a different way”: 

Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. The children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is still here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find”. 

“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. It doesn’t matter what the future holds, I will always do everything in my hands. We will all do”. – Continued Corinna –. 

“We are trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. 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, now we are protecting Michael”, said Michael´s wife. 

Corinna has also revealed that they nearly swapped that ominous French skiing holiday by a skydiving trip to Dubai. In the end, unfortunately, they stuck to their original plans.

Mick Schumacher miss his father

His son Mick, following on his famous father’s footsteps, made his F1 debut with Haas this season, and he publicly laments not being able to share his professional and vital experiences with his father:

“I think Dad and I would understand each other in a different way now because we speak a similar language, the racing language, and we would have a lot to talk about. That is what goes through my head most of the time, the thought of how wonderful that would be. I would give everything to have that”. – Mick declared -. 

Jean Todt, a personal friend of Michael Schumacher 

Jean Todt offers another of the few testimonies that exist about Michael Schumacher. Todt, team principal during Ferrari‘s glorious years and a great friend of the Schumacher family is one of the few people who has been allowed to visit him. His past statements to the German newspaper Bild are therefore tremendously relevant: 

Thanks to the work of his doctors and the cooperation of Corinna, who wanted him to survive, he survived – but with consequences. He is currently fighting against those consequences and I am hopeful that things will improve little by little”. 

During the recent FIA awards’ ceremony in Paris, the organisation’s outgoing president, Todt, also had some heart-felt words for Schumacher: 

“I mean to be very sincere; I miss Michael tonight with us because he is part of my life, he will always be, and we have been building so many things together because we have been suffering together and that made us stronger”, – declared a visibly moved Todt -.  

Images of Michael Schumacher: F1.

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