Stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is following the progress of his son’s rise to F1, claims his close friend and former Ferrari chief Jean Todt.
The FIA president’s words are the strongest indication yet that Schumacher is conscious after his life-changing 2013 skiing accident. The racing icon suffered devastating brain injuries whilst skiing off-piste seven years ago while on holiday in the French Alps and his condition has been closely guarded by his family.
Michael Schumacher’s close friend Jean Todt, the FIA president and former boss of Ferrari, is one of a handful who have been able to see the 51-year-old.He was involved with the Scuderia Ferrari from 1993 to 2009. During his time, Ferrari won eight constructors titles and six drivers titles, five of which were with Michael Schumacher.
Todt, 74, gave a rare update on Schumacher’s condition to Ouest France, saying: “I am very discreet on this subject”. He pointed out that this fact was seen again at the Sakhir Grand Prix as George Russell drove that Silver Arrow beast to the limits. He stated, “You have a number of drivers who would be able to win Grand Prix if they drove the Mercedes.”
“We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.” he concluded.