Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is still in rehabilitation after suffering a devastating head injury in a skiing accident on the French Alps in December 2013
Stricken F1 legend Michael Schumacher will “slowly and surely” improve, according to a rare health update provided by his good friend, FIA president Jean Todt.
Schumacher is still in rehabilitation after suffering a devastating head injury in a skiing accident on the French Alps in December 2013.
The Formula One legend hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in Meribel, France.
He was air-lifted to a hospital in Grenoble, and after undergoing two surgeries was placed in a medically induced coma for six months to help reduce the swelling of his brain.
Schumacher was eventually moved to another hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland after coming out of his coma in 2014 and after 250 days was allowed to return to his Lake Geneva home.
Updates on Schumacher have been few and far between, with his wife Corinna keeping details of her husband’s condition private.
But Schumacher’s long-term friend Todt, who regularly visits the F1 legend, has provided a positive update on his condition.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Todt revealed his hope that Schumacher would “slowly and surely improve.”
He added: “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.”
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone also made a positive prediction about Schumacher’s condition in a documentary about the racing driver set to be released this month.
He said, in comments first published back in 2019: “He is not with us at the moment. But when he gets better, he’ll answer all the questions.”