Michael Schumacher’s former manager says he is still “angry” that so little is known about the F1 icon’s health.
Schumacher’s condition has been kept a closely guarded secret by his family since his devastating skiing accident in France in 2013, with details released kept to a minimum. Even Willi Weber, who played such a key part in Schumacher’s career, has been kept in the dark, despite repeated attempts by the former manager to ascertain more clarity.
And Weber, now 80, has hit out at the Schumacher family over their secrecy, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: “I tried hundreds of times to contact Corinna [Schumacher’s wife] and she didn’t answer. I called Jean Todt [who was Schumacher’s boss at Ferrari] to ask him if I should go to the hospital and he told me to wait – it’s too early.
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“I called the next day and no one answered. I didn’t expect behaviour like that and I’m still angry about it. They kept me out, telling me it’s too early, well now it’s too late. It’s been nine years. Maybe they should just say it the way it is.
“I could understand the situation initially as I always did everything I could for Michael to protect his private life. But since then we have only heard lies from them.”
Weber, who also managed Schumacher’s brother Ralf, added: “Years after the accident, I said to myself to just look out for the family as I couldn’t change things. He was like a son to me. Even today it hurts me to talk about it.”
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Corinna did open up a little about her husband’s status during a Netflix documentary about the seven-time world champion, which was released last year.
“I miss Michael every day. But it's not just me who misses him,” she said. “It's the children, the family, his father, everyone around him. It's the children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he's here and that gives us strength, I find."
In another moving clip, she said: “I think that he is simply very strong mentally. Extremely strong. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”
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