Former Ferrari team boss claims Schumacher survived the 2013 horror ski crash “thanks to wife Corinna.”
- FIA president Jean Todt claims Schumacher survived the skiing incident thanks to his wife.
- In 2013, Michael Schumacher fell while skiing in the French Alps and suffered a severe head injury. He has not been seen in public ever since.
- This September, Netflix is streaming a new documentary on the F1 racer’s life – “the only film supported by his family.”
According to Jean Todt, who is now the President of the FIA, Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna has played a crucial role in his recovery after the harrowing ski incident.
On December 29, 2013, while Schumacher was skiing in the French Alps with his son Mick, he fell and hit his head on a rock, sustaining a serious head injury despite wearing a ski helmet. Ever since the crash, the 52-year-old former racing driver has not been seen in public.
Now, as Daily Mail reports, Todt, 75, says that the iconic F1 racer only survived thanks to the work of the doctors and Corinna, 52, who “wanted him to survive.”
Speaking to Sport Bild, the FIA president said:
“I’ve spent a lot of time with Corinna since Michael had his serious skiing accident on December 29, 2013. She is a great woman and runs the family. She hadn’t expected that. It happened suddenly and she had no choice. But she does it very well. I trust her, she trusts me.”
“Thanks to the work of his doctors and the cooperation of Corinna, who wanted him to survive, he survived – but with consequences. And right now you are fighting the consequences. We hope that things will slowly but surely improve.”
The French motor racing executive also noted that Mick, who is now following his father’s footsteps as an F1 driver, has a “special place in his heart.”
“Mick is one of those people who [will] always have a special place in my heart and that of my wife Michelle Yeoh. The Schumacher family is very special to us. I wrote a great story with Michael and built a wonderful relationship. And then the children were there.”
Although Schumacher’s family keeps their private life and his recovery process in confidence, they released an update on Michael’s 50th birthday. On January 2, 2019, a day before his birthday, they announced:
“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together… We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.
You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”
A neurology specialist claims Michael Schumacher might never fully recover.
Last September, in a documentary for French TV channel TMC, the Zurich-based neurology specialist Professor Erich Riederer said:
“I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding. He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more. I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so.”
Furthermore, former teammate Felipe Massa revealed Schumacher was in a “difficult phase.” He admitted:
“I know how he is, I have information. The main thing about all this is that we know his situation is not easy. He is in a difficult phase but we need to respect him and the family.”
On September 15, Netflix will air a brand new documentary about Schumacher featuring never-before-seen private videos and interviews.
The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with Corinna, his two children Gina and Mick, and brother Ralf. What’s more, there will also be interviews with people who got the chance to work with the legendary racer, including Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill, and David Coulthard.
According to the streaming platform, it is “the only film supported by his family.”