FIA President Reveals Visiting Michael Schumacher ‘At Least Twice a Month’

Published 06/01/2021, 4:23 AM EDT
Michael Schumacher, Grand Prix of Hungary, Hungaroring, 19 August 2001. Michael Schumacher ecstatic after his victory in the 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix . (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)


Over the years, there has rarely been news around Michael Schumacher and his recovery from the life-threatening skiing accident back in 2013. What’s more, the Schumacher family has since placed a huge barricade over who gets to meet the German.

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Well, Jean Todt, president of FIA, has revealed that he is one of the few people who get to visit the seven-time world champion at his home. Furthermore, the Frenchman opened up that he visits Schumacher at least twice a month, considering his close relationship with the family.

I’m not leaving Michael Schumacher alone: Todt

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Speaking to Corriere, Todt acknowledged his incredible relationship with Schumacher, his wife, Corinna, and the entire family.

I am proud to have created the brain and spinal cord research institute to which Michael Schumacher contributed,” he said.

I see Michael at least twice a month. I’m not leaving him alone. He, Corinna, the family: we have had many experiences together. The beauty of what we have lived is part of us and goes on,” Todt added.

Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari smiles after the Vodafone Race on Piazza Duomo in Milan during the preview to the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

It has definitely been a tough phase for the Schumacher family since the accident. Almost eigh years have gone by, and the fans are still waiting to hear something positive regarding Michael‘s health recovery. But, there seems to be no luck so far.

However, the good news is that the name ‘Schumacher’ is back on the timesheet after eight seasons. Only this time, it has arrived in the form of Michael’s son, Mick.

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Mick’s ambitions limited by non-competitive Haas

Todt reckoned that Mick has been tied down from revealing his true talent with a rather struggling car in hand.

Humble and polite. For now, his ambitions are limited by a non-competitive car,” he said.

The young German is yet to score his first points in F1, but there is no denying that Mick has been impressive so far in his rookie season.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea

The Haas driver had outperformed his teammate by a massive margin and could have maintained the astonishing streak through Monaco as well if not for the major issues with the power unit. Hence, the only aspect that’s probably holding Mick back is his car.

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But that disadvantage could soon disappear. Why, you might ask?

The fact that Kimi Raikkonen is likely to retire by the end of this season will leave Mick as the prime candidate for a drive in the much faster Alfa Romeo. So, will fortunes turn around for Mick over the 2022 F1 season?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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