Formula 1 fans around the world remain hopeful they will once again see icon of the sport who has lived a private life after suffering a devastating injury which left him in a coma for six months. While detail surrounding the German’s health has been kept private by his family, his close friend Mr Todt has regularly visited Mr Schumacher’s home and gives limited updates to his progress. Last month, Mr Todt praised the Scumacher family as he offered some news on the seven time world champion. He told German newspaper Bild: “I’ve spent a lot of time with Corinna since Michael had his serious skiing accident on December 29, 2013. She is a great woman and runs the family.
“She hadn’t expected that. It happened suddenly and she had no choice. But she does it very well. I trust her, she trusts me.
“Thanks to the work of his doctors and the cooperation of Corinna, who wanted him to survive, he survived ‒ but with consequences.
“And right now you are fighting the consequences. We hope that things will slowly but surely improve.”
Earlier this year, Mr Todt said he visits Mr Schumacher’s home in Switzerland twice a month.
Speaking in May, he revealed that even the pandemic hasn’t stopped him from going to see his friend.
He said: “I see Michael at least twice a month. I don’t leave him alone.
“Him, Corinna, the family: we’ve had so many experiences together. The beauty of what we have experienced is part of us and it goes on.”
Mr Todt also said Mr Schumacher has helped him in his plans for the future.
He added: “I have plenty of commitments: road safety for the UN, president of Aung San Suu Kyi’s foundation, and then the International Peace Institute.
“I’m on the boards of banks, cinemas and hotels. And I am proud to have created the Brain and Spinal Cord Research Institute, to which Michael Schumacher contributed.”
Mr Todt and Mr Schumacher were at Ferrari together when the team enjoyed a dominant spell, but the team is struggling this season to compete with the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull.
When Mr Schumacher first joined the team, they were struggling then too, but the German played an integral role in helping Ferrari rebuild.
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Mr Todt also offered his thoughts on what the Scuderia needs to do to improve in the future.
He said: “They need the whole package. Car, engine, chassis, aerodynamics. You have to have everything at the highest level. A few thousandths of a second can decide.
“I admire Mercedes’ dominance, even if I don’t like it and I’d like more competition but for eight years the team and Hamilton have always been on the ball.
“They could have relaxed and it didn’t happen. Their motivation and hunger are absolute.
“I would prefer more teams and more drivers involved but I’ll say it again…F1 and motor racing need a strong Ferrari.”
Mr Schumacher’s life and career was recently documented in a new Netflix film titled ‘Schumacher’.
In the documentary, his son Mick Schumacher speaks of the difficulty he has had accepting what happened to his father.
Mick, who now drives for Haas Formula 1 team, said he would give everything to speak to Michael about racing.
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He said: “When I think about the past now, the images that pop up in my head are usually the four of us having fun. I see images of us driving a go-kart in the meadow.
“I see images of when we were about and about, with the ponies, sitting on the carriage. Really many moments that resonate with joy.
“And since the accident of course, these experiences, these moments, that I believe many people have with their parents, are no longer present, or to a lesser extent.
“And in my view, that is a little unfair.”
Mick continued, saying that he felt he and his father could have had a different relationship now that he is an adult.
He said: “I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport.
“And that we could have much more to talk about. That’s where my head is most of the time. Thinking that would be so cool, that would be it.
“I would give up everything just for that. Yes.”