Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt shares rare health update from Michael Schumacher

A former Ferrari boss has revealed Michael Schumacher is “in good hands” as he continues his recovery.

Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss Jean Todt is reportedly visiting the former Formula 1 Ferrari driver as he continues his recovery from a skiing accident in 2013 that left him with serious brain injuries.

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Todt, 76, has shared a rare update on the former athlete, whose life and health remain largely under wraps following the incident.

“I am happy that the fans, not only in Germany, think of him so much,” he told the German publication “Bild”.

“People ask about Michael so much. The fans should know that he is in the best hands.

Michael Schumacher in 2009. Recognition: Getty Images/Getty Images

“At best, he can be surrounded by people who love him.”

Todt said he visits the 53-year-old F1 legend “three times a week, sometimes not for a whole month” at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

“As long as I’m in this world, I will always visit him,” he said.

Todt said he and the Schumacher family are in “constant contact” and doing whatever he can for Michael, his wife Corinna, 53, and their children Gina-Maria, 25, and Mick, 23.

Michael Schumacher and Ferrari’s Jean Todt. Recognition: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

I still watch F1

This isn’t the first time Todt has released a public update about the notoriously private former athlete.

In July, he announced that Schumacher was doing well enough to compete in F1 and shared that the pair were watching the current season together.

“Yes, that’s right, I watch races with Michael. But sure, I guess what I miss is what we used to do together.”

Schumacher’s son Mick drives for the Haas team, currently 20th in the field, and picked up his first career points at the British Grand Prix in July.

Mick Schumacher at F1 testing in Bahrain in 2019. Recognition: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Sharing a radio message, the young driver revealed he had told his father he would “prove them wrong and believe in himself”.

Schumacher’s career

Todt was general manager of Ferrari when Schumacher joined Ferrari in 1996 and later became CEO and later special adviser.

Schumacher is a seven-time F1 World Champion and, together with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, holds the record for winning the most world championships of all time.

Michael sSchumacher. Recognition: Alexander Hasenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

The athlete won 91 Grands Prix and raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes before retiring in 2012.

In December 2013, the rider suffered a near-fatal brain injury when he fell on the slopes of the Méribel ski resort in France and hit his head on a rock.

He is recovering with his wife Corinna at his home on Lake Geneva in Switzerland and has not been seen in public since the accident.

The only glimpse into his health was a Netflix documentary about his life that was released in September 2021.

Michael Schumacher with his wife Corinna and Ferrari boss Jean Todt in 2000. Recognition: Getty

Netflix documentation

The documentary included private footage provided by his family and shed light on the accident.

Corinna revealed that Schumacher had asked if they should postpone their trip to the snow.

“Just before it happened in Méribel, he said to me, ‘The snow isn’t ideal, we could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there,'” Corinna said in the documentary.

“We always got through his races safely, so I was sure he had some guardian angels watching over him.

Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna and daughter Gina accept the state prize on behalf of the F1 size. Recognition: EPA

“I don’t know if it’s just some kind of protective wall you built yourself or if it’s because you’re kind of naive.

“But it just never occurred to me that anything could ever happen to Michael.

“I never blamed God for why this happened now.

“It was really bad luck — all the bad luck you can ever have in your life.”

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