Michael Schumacher is in “the most effective of fingers” as he continus to get better from his horrific snowboarding accident, says ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt – who revealed he has seen the German thrice per week on some events.
The seven-time Method 1 world champion has not been seen publicly since struggling a near-fatal mind damage whereas snowboarding in December 2013 in Meribel, France.
His spouse Corinna has insisted on defending Schumacher’s privateness within the eight-and-a-half years since, along with his medical situation shrouded in secrecy as he continues to get better at residence in Switzerland.
Todt, who has a detailed relationship with the Schumacher household, was requested this week in regards to the Ferrari legend and thanked his followers for his or her continued assist, including that the 53-year-old is “surrounded by individuals who love him.”
“I’m blissful that the followers, not solely in Germany, consider him a lot,” Todt informed German outlet Bild. “Individuals ask a lot about Michael. The followers ought to know that he’s in the most effective of fingers. In the most effective state of affairs he might be and surrounded by individuals who love him.
“So long as I’m on this world, I’ll at all times go to him. Generally we see one another thrice per week, typically not for a complete month.
“They’re my pals and we’re in fixed contact. No matter I can do for the Schumacher household, I’ll do it.”
Todt is a detailed good friend of Schumacher’s since their time working collectively throughout a profitable period at Ferrari, when the German gained 5 of his seven world titles from 2000-2004.
The 76-year-old motorsport govt stated as lately as July that he nonetheless watches F1 races with Schumacher – whose son Mick is in his second season in Method 1 with Haas – regardless of the German’s unknown medical state.
“I don’t miss Michael, I see him,” Todt informed German broadcaster RTL. “Sure, it’s true, I watch Grands Prix with Michael. However certain, I assume what I miss is what we used to do collectively.
“If it was emotional for you, you possibly can think about how emotional it was for me [collecting the award]. Emotional, however on the similar time an excellent pleasure to have the ability to discuss Michael.
“You might have individuals round you who’re simply particular. And in a approach, Michael can be very particular. Corinna, Mick and Gina have additionally change into particular to me. They’ve all change into household to me, to my spouse and to my son.”
In a Netflix documentary which aired final 12 months titled Schumacher, Corinna detailed how his household have handled the state of affairs and proceed to “get on with their lives.”
“Michael is right here. Completely different, however he’s right here, and that offers us power, I discover,” Corinna stated.
“We’re collectively. We stay collectively at residence. We do remedy. We do every part we are able to to make Michael higher and to verify he’s snug. And to easily make him really feel our household, our bond. And it doesn’t matter what, I’ll do every part I can. All of us will.
“We’re making an attempt to hold on as a household, the best way Michael preferred it and nonetheless does. And we’re getting on with our lives. ‘Personal is personal’, as he at all times stated.
“It’s crucial to me that he can proceed to get pleasure from his personal life as a lot as potential. Michael at all times protected us and now we’re defending Michael.”
In the meantime, in July, Schumacher’s household had been accused of telling “lies” in regards to the F1 legend’s well being, by the German’s former supervisor Willi Weber.
Weber, 80, claims he has not been allowed to see the 53-year-old and has been “stored out” the loop by Corinna.