Wednesday 12 December 2018

Michael Schumacher is 'still fighting', says former Ferrari boss

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Michael Schumacher is "still fighting", his former Ferrari boss said, four years after a skiing accident left the Formula 1 legend critically injured.

Schumacher sustained severe head injuries in a skiing accident in France on Dec. 29, 2013 and has been cared for at his home in Switzerland since September 2014.

Jean Todt, who now works as the World Automobile Federation (FIA) president, spoke about the German's condition briefly at a Paris ceremony to launch the FIA’s Hall of Fame on Monday night.

"We miss Michael. He's there, still fighting. A fight is going on. Michael is someone very special, someone special for motorsport. He's special to me, he's a friend." he said, according to the Express.

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm, who has said in the past that the driver's condition will remain closely guarded, was at the event to represent the racing champion and his family.

"We all know that Michael should be here, and I'm sure he would have loved to," she said.

“He always had the utmost respect for everyone in this round, he would be very honoured.

“What made Michael so special, what made him so successful, that was the love of the sport.

“And that connects him with everyone here."

Schumacher's accident happened on a family holiday as he was skiing with his son at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps.

The avid skier hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.

Schumacher's condition stabilised after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.

The F1 legend, who made his name with Benetton before joining Ferrari in 1996, won a record seven titles and 91 races.

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