Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss says he watched this year’s Brazil GP with the injured German racer at his home
- Jean Todt said he joined the stricken Formula 1 great at his home in Switzerland
- Todt managed Ferrari team when Schumacher won five championships in a row
- The 72-year-old revealed he visits the racing great, 49, ‘at least twice a month’
- Michael Schumacher suffered severe head injury while skiing on holiday in 2013
Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss has revealed he watched this year’s Brazil Grand Prix with the injured German driver at his home.
French motor sport executive Jean Todt said he joined the stricken Formula 1 great at his home in Switzerland where they watched Lewis Hamilton win on November 11.
The 72-year-old was the manager of the Ferrari team when Schumacher – who suffered severe head trauma in a 2013 ski accident – claimed five consecutive championships in a row between 2000 and 2004.
Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has revealed he watched this year’s Brazil Grand Prix with the injured German driver at his home. They are pictured together in 2009
The 72-year-old was the manager of the Ferrari team when Schumacher – who suffered severe head trauma in a 2013 ski accident – claimed five consecutive championships in a row between 2000 (left) and 2004. Right: Schumacher and Todt in 2007
Michael Schumacher and wife Corinna in Italy in 2005. The F1 ace has not been seen in public since his devastating skiing accident in 2013
In an interview with Germany’s Auto-Bild, he said: ‘I’m always careful with such statements, but it is true. I watched the race together with Michael Schumacher in his house in Switzerland.’
Todt, who said he visits the seven-time F1 champion ‘at least twice a month’ in Switzerland, revealed he found it hard to talk about Schumacher, who suffered his injuries while skiing with son Mick in Meribel in the French Alps.
‘I almost cry. There are pictures of him all over my offices and apartments. The time with Michael will always be remembered as the best of my life,’ Todt said.
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Schumacher, who turns 50 in January, hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet when he fell while skiing.
He was rushed to hospital where he underwent several life-saving surgeries and spent the next six months in a coma.
In April 2014, Schumacher woke up and was taken from the hospital in Grenoble to a private location, believed to be his house near Lake Geneva, where he is being cared for.
It is thought that Michael is being tended to by a team of 15 physicians who provide round-the-clock care at a cost of £115,000-per-week.
At the time of his release from hospital, his wife Corinna issued a statement asking for support in ‘our joint fight alongside Michael’, but said she would not be speaking further and asked for privacy.
Todt, who said he visits the seven-time F1 champion ‘at least twice a month’ in Switzerland, revealed he found it hard to talk about Schumacher, who suffered his injuries while skiing with son Mick in Meribel in the French Alps. They are pictured together in 2002
The couple married in 1995 after meeting at a Ferrari party, and have two children together: Gina-Maria, 21, and Mick, 19, who races Formula Three.
Mick won the Formula Three championship with a race to spare last month, and will now make the move to Formula Two with Italian team, Prema in 2019.
Michael’s manager Sabine Kehm typically issues the rare statements on behalf of the family to the press, while his lawyers speak on his behalf in court.
In comments from 2016, which have only been published this week, Khem said Schumacher ‘secretly dreamed’ of disappearing from public life.
‘Once in a long discussion Michael said to me: “You don’t need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.”
‘I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that some day. That’s why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don’t let anything get out.’
In March, Kehm said that the family appreciated fans’ ’empathy’ and their understanding that they want the F1 legend’s state of health to remain a private matter.
‘What can be said is that the family really appreciates the empathy of the fans,’ Ms Kehm said. ‘The people really do see and understand (his health situation) is not to be shared in the public eye.’
This followed a statement in December 2016 in which Kehm outlined the family’s stance.
‘Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard,’ Kehm said at the time.
‘Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.’
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