FIA president Jean Todt gave a rare update on the condition of a 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher, almost eight years after the German suffered a head injury after a skiing incident in Switzerland.
Schumacher was placed into an induced coma soon after the incident. His family has been reserved about his condition ever since, with rare insights from Todt being one of the few pieces of information available regarding the German’s condition.
“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,” Todt told Bild.
“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.”
Todt also talked about rookie Mick Schumacher, son of Michael Schumacher, and expressed his thoughts on the rookie’s progress in F1. He stated that while the two Schumachers may have their similarities, they are very much their own people.
“Of course, Michael and Mick are of the same blood and have the same goals, but the conditions [they faced] were completely different,” Todt added.
“Mick is one of those people who [will] always have a special place in my heart and that of my wife Michelle Yeoh.”