Michael Schumacher’s family ‘miss him’ as F1 legend struggles with accident recovery

Michael Schumacher’s family ‘miss him’ as F1 legend struggles with accident recovery

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Ralf Schumacher, brother of seven time F1 world champion Michael, has praised the Netflix documentary ‘Schumacher’ which was released last week. The film follows Schumacher’s career from his early karting days right through to his retirement. Ralf told Sport 1: “There were a lot of years when I wasn’t involved. Of course there would have been a lot more, it was a very long time. “But I think it’s done very, very nicely, at least in terms of motorsport and sport. Also a lot of private insights, also from the family, especially the children and their mother. I thought that was really great, very open.”

Schumacher’s wife Corinna, son Mick and daughter Gina all speak in the film.

Corinna admitted that the family “miss” their father and husband every day, and also opened up about the methods they are using to help Michael recover.

She said: “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.

“Everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here ‒ different, but here. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”

Corinna also spoke about conversations she’d had with her husband prior to his accident in the French Alps.

She added: “Shortly before it happened in Meribel, he said to me, ‘The snow isn’t optimal. We could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there.’

“We’d always made it through his races safely. Which is why I was certain he had a few guardian angels that were keeping an eye out for him.

“I don’t know if it’s just a kind of protective wall that you put up yourself or if it’s because you’re in a way naive ‒ but it simply never occurred to me that anything could ever happen to Michael.

“I never blamed God for why this happened now. It [the accident] was just really bad luck ‒ all the bad luck anyone could ever have in their life.”

Since the accident, Schumacher has been cared for privately at his Swiss home by Lake Geneva and the family have kept details about his health tightly guarded.

His son, Mick, who drives for Haas F1 team, also spoke about the skiing accident and his relationship with his father.

In an emotional part of the film, Mick hints that his father still suffers with communication difficulties.

He said: “I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport.

“And that we could have much more to talk about. That’s where my head is most of the time. Thinking that would be so cool, that would be it.

“I would give up everything just for that. Yes.”

Mick also said he felt the skiing accident was “unfair” as it had taken away the chance to make more memories with his father.

He continued: “When I think about the past now, the images that pop up in my head are usually the four of us having fun. I see images of us driving a go-kart in the meadow.

“I see images of when we were out and about, with the ponies, sitting on the carriage. Really many moments that resonate with joy.

“And since the accident of course, these experiences, these moments, that I believe many people have with their parents, are no longer present, or to a lesser extent.

“And in my view, that is a little unfair.”

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Another current driver, four time world champion Sebastian Vettel, also made a touching tribute to Schumacher in the Netflix film.

The Aston Martin driver spoke of how his compatriot had influenced his own career.

Vettel said: “He’s been my idol since I started driving go-karts. He’s been a big influence.

“The racing driver Michael Schumacher is my hero, my motivation to win races.

“The sport fascinates me and I know other racing drivers but there was nobody like him.”

Close friend of Schmacher, Jean Todt, has given Formula 1 fans hope by claiming earlier this month that the German can “return to a more normal life”.

He said: “We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.

“Since then, he has been treated so that he can be able to return to a more normal life.”

After a previous visit to his friend in September last year, Mr Todt said at the time: “He is fighting.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”

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