Just over one year after retiring from Formula 1 for the second time, the German legend suffered a serious brain trauma after hitting his head on a rock whilst skiing in the Alps.
The injury happened on December 29, 2013 and as it approaches a decade since, news on the seven-time world champion is few and far between as Corinna, his wife, bids to keep his condition private.
Todt, who was Schumacher’s boss during the peak years of his career at Ferrari, is one of the few allowed to see him and he sporadically gives updates on the family’s behalf.
“He is different and is wonderfully guided by his wife and children who protect him. His life is different now and I have the privilege of sharing moments with him.
“That’s all there is to say. Unfortunately, fate struck him ten years ago. He is no longer the Michael we knew in Formula 1.”
The last news from the Schumacher family
In April 2023, the Schumacher family said they were going to sue a German publication for their release of an artificially generated interview with the former Benetton and Ferrari driver, presented as being original and authentic.
But not much is actually known about his condition except that he was said to be unable to walk in 2016 and that he could watch F1 races in 2019, the latter being revealed by Todt himself.
“Michael is here,” Corinna Schumacher said in the Schumacher film documentary. “Different but here. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”
“I think dad and me, we would understand each other now in a different way now,” Mick Schumacher, his son, also added.
“Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport. I would give up everything just for that.”
Another former manager has ‘no hope’
Willi Weber, a former manager of Schumacher when he was young, says that he has no hope of seeing him again.
He points to the intense privacy surrounding him as evidence of that, although he is not permitted by Corinna to visit the 54-year-old.
“Unfortunately, when I think about Michael now, I don’t have any hope of ever seeing him again,” Weber said to Express. “There is no positive news after ten years.
“Of course, I regret it very much and I reproach myself. I would have had to visit Michael in the hospital. I felt like a dog after his accident, it had a very strong impact on me, you can imagine.”