Former Ferrari boss and close friend Jean Todt, this week confirmed that four years since the tragic skiing accident in France, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is “still fighting” for his life. The 7 time world Formula 1 champion had sustained severe head injuries in an accident while on a skiing holiday on December 29th 2013 and has been battling for his life at his home in Switzerland since September 2014.
The former champion’s manager Sabine Kehm, who has said in the past that the driver’s condition will remain closely guarded, was present at the event to represent Schumacher and his family. “We all know that Michael should be here, and I’m sure he would have loved to,” she said according to reports in The Telegraph. “He always had the utmost respect for everyone in this round, he would be very honoured.”
“What made Michael so special, what made him so successful, that was the love of the sport.”
“And that connects him with everyone here.”
The former F1 champion, who won 91 races in his F1 career, was also a skiing enthusiast. Schumacher’s unfortunate accident took place while on a skiing family holiday with his son at the Meribel Ski resort in the French Alps, hitting the right side of his head on a rock which resulted in his helmet breaking. The doctors had to operate to remove some of the blood clots from his brain. All the clots could not be removed because they were too deeply embedded in his brain. Schumacher’s condition did stabilise after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.