With seven championship victories apiece, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are regarded as the best Formula One drivers of all time.
Schumacher has driven for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes and has 91 race victories and 155 podium places to his belt.
His flourishing life was cut short by a tragic accident that claimed his nervous system and left him with damage that would last a lifetime.
Even today, his fans jump at the mere mention of his name and are moved to tears on the leanest discussion of his accident.
What happened to Michael Schumacher?
Schumacher had a terrible skiing accident in Switzerland in December 2013 that left him with a serious brain injury. He was put into a coma by medical means until the following June.
He and his son Mick were skiing off-piste when he lost control and struck his head on a rock. Schumacher sustained severe injuries despite wearing a helmet.
Where is Michael Schumacher now and what is he up to?
Since Michael’s accident, not much information has been made public. A small number of people, chosen by his wife Corinna, are allowed to see him, and the family has decided to maintain their privacy. Over the years, they have, nevertheless, provided some modifications.
Schumacher is still receiving treatment in their Gland, Switzerland, residence. The F1 legend’s longtime Ferrari manager, Jean Todt, shared his thoughts on his health in 2019 following a race he had attended together.
He said on Monte-Carlo Radio that Schumacher “keeps on fighting. I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true.
I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland. 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. He continues to fight. And his family is fighting the same way.”
Earlier this year, Bernie Ecclestone, the former CEO of Formula One, offered his thoughts on Schumacher’s development.
He declared: “He is not with us at the moment. But when he gets better, he’ll answer all the questions.”
On behalf of Michael, Corinna accepted the State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia earlier in 2022, an honour bestowed in recognition of his extraordinary Formula One career. During her speech, Corinna gave her admirers an update. Says she:
“I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses 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. We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives. ‘Private is private’, as he always said.
“It is very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael.”
Speaking with Bild, Jean Todt gave more details and extolled Corinna’s virtues:
“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.”
Michael was a bright spot of skill that drew the attention of many of us who were watching the sport.
Even after nine years, we remain devoted to his memory and constantly await positive updates from his Swiss residence.