Michael Schumacher’s health kept private because of F1 legend’s ‘disappear’ wish

F1 legend Michael Schumacher's current condition has been kept under wraps by friends and family due to his wish to "disappear" - according to his manager Sabine Kehm

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.”

Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna says he inspires her everyday (Image: Getty Images)

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