Michael Schumacher is a ‘case without hope’, claims close friend Roger Benoit.
The seven-time F1 world champion, who suffered life-threatening injuries during a skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013, has not been seen in public for more than a decade.
After falling and hitting his head on a rock, Schumacher spent 250 days in a medically-induced coma in hospital before being permitted to return home.
Few have seen or visited Schumacher since he suffered his near fatal brain injury, and reports of the German’s condition are extremely rare.
Some friends and even family members have been kept in the dark by those closest to him in an effort to prevent leaks to the press.
Michael Schumacher in 2005. The stricken former F1 driver is a ‘case without hope’, a close friend has claimed
Keen skier Schumacher in Italy in 2005. But in 2013 he fell and his head hit a rock in Meribel, leaving him with a near fatal brain injury
The German is one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, having won seven world titles
F1 journalist Benoit, a close friend of Schumacher’s, has claimed the 54-year-old’s case is one ‘without hope’ in a tragic health update this week.
Benoit, an F1 journalist, has claimed that Schumacher’s case is one ‘without hope’
In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Blick, Benoit refused to provide a specific update on Schumacher’s condition.
When asked, he replied: ‘No. There is only one answer to this question and that is what his son Mick gave in one of his rare interviews in 2022 – “I would give anything to talk to Dad”.
‘This sentence says everything about how his father has been doing for over 3,500 days. A case without hope.’
Schumacher’s son Mick, who drove for the Formula One team Haas in 2021 and 2022 and is now a reserve driver for Mercedes and McLaren, said last year: ‘I think Dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now.
‘We would have had much more to talk about, and that is where my head is most of the time, thinking that would be so cool. I would give up everything just for that.
‘These moments that I believe many people have with their parents are no longer present, or to a lesser extent.’
Schumacher’s son Mick, who drove for the Formula One team Haas, said last year: ‘I think Dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now’
The stricken F1 champion’s wife Corinna broke her eight-year silence about the accident in Netflix’s 2021 documentary Schumacher, in which she revealed he was ‘different’ since the injury but still ‘here’.
‘Michael is here,’ the 54-year-old said. ‘Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find.
‘We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable.
‘And to simply make him feel our family, our bond. And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will.
His wife Corinna tears up while speaking during Netflix’s 2021 documentary, Schumacher, about the German driver’s life. She reveals he is ‘different’ since the injury but still ‘here’
Michael in archival footage with his family in the 2021 Netflix documentary Schumacher
‘We’re trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.
‘I have never blamed God for what happened. It was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone can have in life.
‘It’s always terrible when you say, “Why is this happening to Michael or us?” But then why does it happen to other people?’
Family friend and Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan revealed this year that Corinna had refused to let him visit Schumacher.
‘This was the most horrific situation for Mick and Corinna,’ Jordan said in March.
Corinna and Michael Schumacher in Italy in 2005. She revealed: ‘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’
Family friend Eddie Jordan has revealed that Corinna had refused to let him visit Schumacher
‘It’s been nearly ten years now and Corinna has not been able to go to a party, to lunch or this or that. She’s like a prisoner because everyone would want to talk to her about Michael when she doesn’t need reminding of it every minute.
‘I know her very well and a long time before Michael Schumacher.
‘She’s a lovely girl and I knew her when she married Michael so there is a long history of good relations.
‘I made an effort to go see Michael in the early days and Corinna refused, and rightfully so because too many people wanted to go see him.’
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