Almost seven years ago, on December 29, 2013, Michael Schumacher was the victim of a terrible skiing accident while on vacation with his family in Méribel. Following a heavy fall, the former Formula 1 driver was immediately taken to hospital where he was then plunged into a coma, for almost six months. Since then, information concerning the state of health of the racing driver has become scarce. Corinna, his wife, indeed wishes to keep the maximum discretion around the convalescence of her husband and the public can only trust the scattered revelations of Michael Schumacher’s entourage to keep up with the facts of his condition. This Monday, it was Jean Todt, the former boss of the Ferrari team who became president of the International Automobile Federation, who spoke about the rider’s health. Invited to RTL’s microphone to comment on Lewis Hamilton’s seventh world championship title won at the Turkish Grand Prix this Sunday – a record which, until now, was only held by Michael Schumacher – the friend of the he former pilot, one of the few who can visit him regularly, gave some rather reassuring news about him.
“He is fighting,” revealed Jean Todt, “We can only wish him and his family that things get better.” The president of the International Automobile Federation adds that in this period of confinement, the 51-year-old German is “very well surrounded and very well installed.”
Mick Schumacher, in his father’s footsteps
By the way, Jean Todt also confided on the career of Mick Schumacher, the son of the seven-time champion. Also a car driver, the 21-year-old so far in Formula 2 should evolve soon. “He will probably race in Formula 1 next year,” reveals the FIA boss before adding, “We are delighted to have a Schumacher at the top of the competition again.”
Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher © OLIVIER BORDE