It’s been nearly five years since Michael Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing with his then 14-year-old son Mick in the French Alps.
Since then updates on the Formula One legend’s condition have been few and far between with fans desperate to know all they can about their hero. In August “close relatives” told French magazine ‘Paris Match’ that Formula One legend Schumacher is still showing emotions and often “cries” when he sees natural beauty.
Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm revealed why she has never released any information about the F1 legend’s condition.”
In general the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna’s private life,” she said. Once in a long discussion Michael said to me: ‘You don’t need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.’ I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that some day. That’s why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don’t let anything get out.”
However, with the anniversary of the accident – and his 50th birthday – fast approaching, the Daily Mail have now shed light on his condition.
They reveal that the German is not bed-ridden or surviving on tubes, but is receiving extensive nursing care.
They estimate the cost to be more than £50,000 per week.
The in-depth report by a respected F1 writer also reveals that he is living with his close family in the main body of his house.
This refutes previous reports suggesting he resides in an outbuilding or specialised medical hospital at the Swiss chateau.
Work began on that building before the accident and it was always meant as home for Schumacher’s father.
Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari Jean Todt has revealed he visits the stricken German champion twice a month.
This month that he said he watched Lewis Hamilton’s 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix win with the stricken F1 ace.
Former Ferrari racing manager Todt was at the German’s Swiss home when Hamilton clinched the championship.
The French motor sport executive, who heads the FIA, said he visited Schumacher’s house in Switzerland.
There they watched together as Hamilton clinched the race ahead of Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen in second and third place.
Todt, 72, said: “I’m always careful with such statements, but it is true. I watched the race together with Michael Schumacher in his house in Switzerland.”
The Frenchman, who was the manager of the Ferrari team when Schumacher clinched five consecutive championships from 2000 to 2004, said he became a close friend of the Schumacher family during those years.
After Schumacher’s skiing accident on December 29, 2013 in which the F1 record champion suffered severe head trauma, Todt stayed in touch with the Schumacher family.
Todt visits Schumacher occasionally in the Swiss house where the 49-year-old racing legend is being cared for by his wife Corinna and the team of doctors and nurses.