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'I don't want to see him like that' – F1 chief Ecclestone explains why he won't visit stricken Michael Schumacher

Published 03/06/2015 | 16:19

Bernie Ecclestone and Michael Schumacher during the German's time as a Formula One driver for Mercedes
Bernie Ecclestone and Michael Schumacher during the German's time as a Formula One driver for Mercedes

Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he cannot bring himself to visit his friend Michael Schumacher because of the current state of the racing legend.

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The seven-time world champion is continuing his recovery after a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013. He remains immobile, can't speak and has a team of 15 medical staff caring for him at a special medical suite at his mansion in Switzerland.

The German spent several months fighting for his life in a coma following the crash, but last June was transferred from a hospital in the French town of Grenoble to a Swiss hospital after regaining consciousness.

He returned home to Gland on Lake Geneva in September 2014 for further rehabilitation.

In an interview in the June edition of F1 Racing Magazine, Ecclestone reveals that he cannot bring himself to visit his friend.

“I don’t want to see Michael like that,” he told the magazine. “I remember Michael as he was. That is how I want to see Michael.

"If he comes back, that is how I want Michael to be.”

The 84-year-old businessman built up a friendly rapport with Schumacher during his driving days, with the pair reportedly often playing backgammon at Ecclestone's motorhome during race weekends.

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