Michael Schumacher’s illustrious career has been one of the most celebrated cases in the history of Formula One. But when it comes to the personal life of the seven-time world champion, particularly his current health condition, his family has always kept everything in the dark.
In Netflix’s upcoming documentary on the F1 legend, his wife, Corinna, finally sheds light on his present situation.
“Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength,” she said.
“We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond.”
The German race car driver suffered a severe ski crash in Méribel, an exclusive resort in the French Alps, on December 29, 2013. According to The Guardian’s report published that year, Michael and his family used to spend every Christmas at the tourist center, so much so that the race car driver has learned the ski runs on the Three Valleys area by rote.
On that fateful day, Michael and his then-14-year-old son, Mick, stepped out of their chalet to ski downhill in an off-piste area between the La Biche and Mauduit ruins. Their quality bonding time turned into a life-changing disaster when Schumacher tumbled at high speed and hit his head hard on a rock.
Two ski patrollers arrived at the scene of the accident immediately. But the world champ, who was 44 years old at the time, suffered a “traumatic brain injury” despite wearing a helmet. He was then airlifted to Grenoble Hospital, where he underwent two surgeries.
Michael was put into a medically-induced coma after the incident. He was brought out of the coma in June 2014 and went on to rehabilitate at his home in Switzerland.
While the family of the F1 icon has kept everything out of the public eye since then, a 2014 report by The Telegraph revealed that he was “paralyzed and in a wheelchair.”
Corinna breaks the silence
In the documentary to be released by Netflix on Sept. 15, Corinna neither confirmed nor denied the reports about the current status of her husband. Instead, she affirmed their family’s commitment to stop at nothing in providing him with the best life he could possibly have.
Corinna said, “And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will. We’re trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.”
“‘Private is private’, as he always said. It’s very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible,” she continued. “Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael.”
Michael is still widely considered one of the greatest Formula One drivers in history. With perseverance, passion, and perfectionism, he raced from humble beginnings in a local kart track in West Germany to the top of Formula 1, where he stayed for many years.
Michael won a two-peat championship for Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before winning the title five more times from 2000 to 2004 for Ferrari. He retired in 2006 and swerved back to the F1 track between 2010 and 2012 for a stint for Mercedes-Benz.
He obtained 91 victories throughout his career, making him the second best of all time, next to Italian-American race car legend Mario Andretti, who earned a total of 111 wins.