Gauging the progress made by Formula 1 legend, Michael Schumacher, as far as his health is concerned, often seems like a losing battle. The Schumacher family has mostly been very private about the 7-time world champion’s condition and health ever since he suffered a horrific skiing accident, about 6 and a half years ago.
Last month, reports indicated that the F1 legend’s stem cell surgery was put on hold due to the pandemic. Since then, there has been no update about Schumi’s health. Until now.
Former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt, who is a rather close acquaintance to Schumacher, gives fans some reason for optimism.
Jean Todt reveals that he visited Michael Schumacher a week ago
According to Dailymail, the former CEO of Ferrari said, “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting. I hope that the world will be able to see him again. This is what he and his family are working towards.”
It may not be a lot in terms of an update, but we’ll savor whatever information we can get about the F1 legend. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him soon enough.
Todt obviously shares a very special connection with Schumi. Todt occupied the role of the Team Principal at Scuderia Ferrari, and he was responsible for bringing Michael in to Ferrari in 1996.
Schumacher, at the time, had won back-to-back world titles with Benetton.
The duo of Todt and Schumacher saw the Maranello-based outfit through their most successful years in the sport of Formula 1.
For five consecutive seasons, Schumacher dominated F1 and won back-to-back world titles. His brilliance also led ‘The Prancing Horse’ to win 5 back-to-back Constructors’ championship titles as well.
Thereafter, Todt was promoted to the role of CEO of the Ferrari brand for four years (2004-08). Now he is part of the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for road safety.
As for Michael, he continued at Ferrari for two more seasons, finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively. After that, the German driver retired from F1 for 3 years.
But the love for the sport couldn’t keep him out for long, and he was back for a second stint with Mercedes.
However, that move didn’t go to plan and Schumi retired for a second time after the 2013 season. This time for good.