His 19-year-old son Mick has opened up about the time they spent together before the accident and how his father encouraged his own ambitions to become a driver.
The interview provides a heartbreaking insight into hole the accident created within the Schumacher family.
“My dad asked if we wanted to do it professionally or just for fun, on a hobby level,” said Mick, in an emotional interview aired at the weekend on Germany’s RTL channel.
“Of course, I said it clearly — I want to do it professionally.”
“We drove on days when the track was closed and we were allowed to do our laps there.
“All the refining we did to be faster was also a lot. That was always the best time.”
Mick is now the European Formula 3 champion but in the “Schumacher — the next generation” program he said he doesn’t mind being compared to his father.
“I do not mind it that way. I would always compare myself with the best, and my dad is the best, and he’s my idol too,” he said.
Having a famous father can “open doors and make things easier” but in the end “you are sitting there alone”, said Mick.
Michael Schumacher’s family have kept tight control on details about his condition.
In interview last week, Mick’s close pal Nicklas Nielsen said he is “completely closed” about his dad’s health.
Mr Nielsen told Danish newspaper BT: “Mick does not say he is sad about his father. He just said sometimes that it is sometimes hard.
“I know him very well, also privately. He is a very quiet and calm guy. Very nice and welcoming and he talks to everyone.
“It was completely closed and not talked about. I still do a little karting with Ralf Schumacher and his team and nobody talks about it.’
The sporting icon has reportedly received £115,000-a-week care at a special medical facility at his Lake Geneva home, costs which are now expected to have exceeded £20m.
In 2016, his lawyer told a court Schumacher “cannot walk” in response to speculation in German media about his condition.
His wife Corinna Schumacher, 49, described her husband as a “fighter” in a letter to a German musician.
— This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk