F1: How Hamilton compares to Schumacher
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Michael Schumacher ‘survived’ his 2013 skiing accident but suffered ‘consequences’, according to former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt. In an update on his condition, Todt explained that the seven-time F1 world champion is fighting every day.
It has never been confirmed but is widely suggested that Schumacher suffered brain damage in the incident.
His family have kept his condition private but Todt has offered a rare insight into what is going on.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with Corinna since Michael had his serious skiing accident,” Todt, who was Schumacher’s team boss at Ferrari, told Bild newspaper.
“She is a great woman and leads the family,” he added, referring again to 52-year-old Schumacher’s wife.
“She didn’t expect that. It happened suddenly and she had no choice.”
Todt is hoping Schumacher can improve over time with his son now making a name for himself in the sport.
He continued: “Thanks to the work of his doctors and the cooperation of Corinna, who wanted Michael to survive, he did survive – but with consequences.
“At the moment he fights the consequences. We hope that things will slowly but surely improve,” Todt added.
Schumacher’s son Mick has made his debut in F1 this season for the Haas team.
He insisted his surname does not add any extra pressure to him as Ferrari keep tabs on his development.
He explained: “I’m very happy to have it. I drive and racing because I love the sport and love what I’m doing. I don’t see it as a burden, no.
“Obviously for me it’s no different as it’s always been around and I feel very comfortable in the position I am in.
“I’m very proud carrying the name into Formula One again and being able to race and feel my performance.
“I keep it and wear it very proudly.”
F1 is currently on its summer break and returns with the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, August 29.
Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen by just eight points at the moment as he looks to win his eighth world title and move clear of Schumacher.
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