Michael Schumacher’s condition has been kept under wraps by his family due to his “disappearing” wish when he retired from racing.
The German is regarded as one of F1’s greatest-ever drivers, but a skiing accident in 2013 almost cost him his life. Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm lifted the lid on why updates have been scarce in March 2016 – when she addressed the media.
She said: “In general the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna’s private life. When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear he was a private individual.
Once in a long discussion, Michael said to me ‘you don’t need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.’ I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that someday. That’s why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don’t let anything get out.”
Schumacher was the subject of a Netflix documentary in 2021, which revealed more details about his current life.
Jean Todt – the former team principal at Ferrari who now works as President of the FIA – told the Mail on Sunday : “He is fighting. I hope the world will be able to see him again. That is what he and his family are working towards.”
Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, says in the documentary: “I just felt that he is somebody special.
“I think that he is simply very strong mentally. Extremely strong. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”