F1 news: Michael Schumacher update, health, condition, Jean Todt, FIA, Mick Schumacher, motorsport


FIA president Jean Todt says Michael Schumacher is keenly following the progress of his son, Mick, as he closes in on a Formula One seat.

As his father continues his fight after devastating head injuries suffered in a skiing accident in 2013, Mick has embarked on a motorsport career of his own and currently leads the F2 standings.

Fans of the Ferrari legend have been desperate to know if Michael – whose condition remains shrouded in secrecy – has been able to enjoy his son’s rise to the top.

They now have an answer.

“Of course he is following him,” Todt told RTL France.



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Michael Schumacher update, health, condition, Jean Todt, FIA, Mick Schumacher, motorsport


FIA president Jean Todt says Michael Schumacher is keenly following the progress of his son, Mick, as he closes in on a Formula One seat.

As his father continues his fight after devastating head injuries suffered in a skiing accident in 2013, Mick has embarked on a motorsport career of his own and currently leads the F2 standings.

Fans of the Ferrari legend have been desperate to know if Michael – whose condition remains shrouded in secrecy – has been able to enjoy his son’s rise to the top.

They now have an answer.

“Of course he is following him,” Todt told RTL France.

“Mick is probably going to race in Formula 1 next year which will be a great challenge. We would be delighted to have a new Schumacher at the highest level of motor racing.”

Todt, the former Ferrari boss, visits Michael every month and is the most regular source of news about the 51-year-old’s health.

“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” the Frenchman told RTL.

“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights. We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”

Schumacher’s health has been an issue of intense public fascination since he suffered a near-fatal brain injury in 2013 after falling and hitting his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps.

Despite wearing a helmet, the German’s injuries were so severe he was placed into a medically-induced coma.

Since his accident nearly seven years ago there have been only scraps of information on his ongoing recovery.

He is understood to have regained consciousness and left hospital in 2014 to continue his recovery at home in Switzerland.

Renowned neurosurgeon Erich Riederer speculated in a documentary that aired on French TV earlier this year the seven-time F1 champion was a shell of his former self.

“I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake,” he told TMC.

“He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.

“I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so.”

But it appears he is at least able to cherish the exploits of his son, who is expected to be handed some practice experience by Ferrari at the season-ending F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi before being handed a full-time drive with another team in 2021.



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Ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt statement


Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has revealed he visited Michael Schumacher last week and says the seven-time F1 champion is fighting to overcome the devastating injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in 2013.

Todt, who oversaw five of Schumacher’s drivers championships at Ferrari, is among just a handful of people who have access to the 51-year-old at his Lake Geneva home.

Schumacher’s condition has been a closely-guarded secret as his family remains determined to respect his privacy.

But Todt, 74, offered positive news after his visit. “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting,” Todt told the PA news agency.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems. But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.”

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it,” he added.

Todt also spent time with Schumacher in July and left hoping “the world will be able to see him again”.

“That is what he and his family are working towards,” Todt said at the time.

A leading neurosurgeon claimed earlier this year the German was “very altered” after suffering a severe brain injury.

He reportedly underwent stem cell therapy in Paris in 2019 and continues to be privately treated at his home.

Schumacher is closing in on being able to watch his son, Mick, follow in his footsteps in Formula One.

Mick Schumacher will drive a Ferrari at the Tuscany Grand Prix this weekend as the glamour outfit celebrates its 1000th race.

Mick will drive the F2004, the car which his father drove to his seventh world title, in a “fitting tribute to the Scuderia’s most successful car and its incomparable driver”.

Mick is currently racing a step below the top level in F2, but is being eyed by several teams for 2021 and beyond.

He won’t arrive in time to prevent Lewis Hamilton beating all his father’s records though.

Hamilton will move within one race win of Schumacher’s overall record of 91 with a win in Tuscany and is on track to match his tally of seven world championships in 2020.

“Lewis will beat all of Michael’s records simply because he is a very talented driver,” Todt said. “He is motivated and driving for the best team. He has the best car, the best engine so all the ingredients are there.

“We thought the records would be very difficult to beat, but a long stability of the regulations has helped them.”



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Michael Schumacher condition updated after Jean Todt visit


Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has opened up about Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher’s condition — and said he “hopes the world will be able to see him again”.

Todt spoke of his “love” for the German sports star as he continues to recover from a horrific skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013, which left him with severe brain injuries, The Sun reports.

Schumacher’s condition has been shrouded in secrecy since the horror accident, with his wife Corinna preferring to treat her husband privately at their home in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jean Todt was the seven-time champ’s team principal at Ferrari, and now works as President of Formula One’s governing body, the FIA.

They made for a formidable pair, with Schumacher winning five consecutive World Drivers’ Championships, from 2000 to 2004, under his leadership.

The Frenchman, 74, told the Mail on Sunday that he had visited Michael recently and considers him to be a second son.

“I saw Michael last week,” he said.

“He is fighting. I hope the world will be able to see him again. That is what he and his family are working towards.”

But he said that it was “impossible” to say whether the German was indeed the best racing driver ever.

Todt added: “I love Michael. But it is impossible to say who is the best ever. There is Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna and Michael.

“You can only think in terms of who is the best in a certain generation.”

The Frenchman also said that he didn’t mind whether Lewis Hamilton beat Schumacher’s record of the most successful driver in history, and urged people to see the bigger picture.

He added: “After an accident like the one Michael has had, does it matter whether Lewis has won more?”

It comes after F1 legend Felipe Massa said last month that he remains “very close” to Schumacher and said “his situation is not easy.”

A leading neurosurgeon claimed earlier this year that the star was “very altered” six years on from the horror injury.

Last month, the German was reportedly undergoing pioneering stem cell treatment in Paris aimed at improving his condition.

However, sources told the Mail this was unlikely for the time being due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Schumacher, who won a record seven F1 world championships with Benetton and Ferrari, underwent his first stem-cell therapy in Paris in September last year.

French journalist Jean-Michel Decugis told The Times that the stem cell therapy will have an “anti-inflammatory effect” which will mostly likely impact the brain.

Schumacher turned 51 on January 3, but has not been seen in public since the accident in the French Alps which left him with severe head injuries and in a medically-induced coma.

An official documentary film about the legend, Schumacher, completed with the blessing of his family, was released last year.

It featured rare interviews with his dad Rolf, Corinna, his kids Gina and Mick, and others who have worked with or raced against him during his impressive career.

In December last year, Schumacher’s wife delivered a rare message of hope ahead of the sixth anniversary of the F1 icon’s accident.

She reportedly told fans: “Big things start with small steps. Many small particles can form a huge mosaic.

“Together you are stronger, and that is exactly how combined forces of the Keep Fighting movement make it easier to encourage others.”

— This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission



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