Michael Schumacher’s former boss shares heartwarming update

By: Joey Riordan

Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has provided a heartwarming update on F1 legend Michael Schumacher, revealing he’s closely following the motorsport career of his son Mick.

Schumacher, who alongside Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver in the history of F1, has not been seen in public since a skiing accident in 2013 in the French Alps left him with severe brain injuries.

Information on the 51-year-old’s condition has been scarce and hard to trust ever since.

The 74-year-old, who was team principal at Ferrari during five of Schumacher’s seven titles, has now revealed that Michael is closely following the meteoric rise of his 21-year-old son Mick.

Mick Schumacher is currently on the verge of securing an F1 seat at Haas next year, after a successful stint in FIA Formula 2.

“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.”

The comments are one of the strongest indications ever that the F1 legend is conscious, following years of speculation he’s been in a vegetative state ever since his skiing accident.

However Todt wasn’t giving away much when asked directly about the health of the former Ferrari superstar.


“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” Todt said.

“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.”

The Frenchman is one of only a handful of family and friends who have been allowed into the Schumacher mansion on Lake Geneva where the German racing legend is believed to be recovering.

The former Ferrari boss previously revealed he watched an F1 race on TV with Schumacher back in 2019.

“I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true. I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland,” Todt told Radio Monte-Carlo.

“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house.

While Todt’s updates provide hope for millions of Schumacher’s fans worldwide, the German’s close friend has always been honest with his assessment, saying it’s hard for the family with Schumacher unable to communicate properly.

“His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship can not be the same as it once was,” Todt said.

“Just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.

“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house.

“He does not give up and keeps fighting.”

“His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship can not be the same as it once was.

“Just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.”

Will Schumacher ever fully recover?

The German racing legend has a small chance of returning to a fairly normal life after being in a vegetative state following his skiicing accident, according to Professor Mark Obermann, the Director of the Centre for Neurology at the Asklepios clinic in Germany.

Prof Obermann said: “According to a Swedish study, between 30 and 40 percent of patients have regained consciousness within four years.”

While Obermann isn’t suggesting the F1 legend will have a full recovery, he said: “Many can come back to life and see how their children and grandchildren grow up, what plans they have or what else happens in the family or in the circle of friends.”