Corinna Schumacher: ‘Michael is here, different, but here’

Corinna Schumacher, the wife of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, has opened up for the very first time about her current life with her husband and the privacy surrounding the seven-time world champion’s condition.

Very little has filtered on Schumacher’s health since the German’s traumatic skiing accident in December 2013.

Schumacher suffered traumatic brain damage in the fall which occurred in Meribel, France during a day of off-piste skiing with his son Mick.

Since that fateful moment, Schumacher’s condition has been shrouded in secrecy, with the family elevating a protective barrier around the F1 legend, much to the chagrin of the great driver’s many fans.

FIA president Jean Todt is the only person known to visit Schumacher in the family’s home in Switzerland, but the former Ferrari boss has offered very little insight into hi former driver’s condition over the years.

But in the upcoming feature documentary ‘Schumacher’ that will stream on Netflix from September 15, Corinna Schumacher provides an emotional testimony on her husband, revealing that Schumacher is still battling his hardship.

“Everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here, different, but here,” Corinna explains in the film. “He still shows me how strong he is every day.

“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.

“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 miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. It’s the children, the family, his father, everyone around him.”

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Schumacher raced in Formula 1 for 19 seasons, from 1991 to his retirement from the sport at the end of 2012. The German started 307 Grands Prix, winning 91 races – a record surpassed only by Lewis Hamilton – and seven world championships.

Over the course of his extraordinary career, Schumacher suffered only one major injury, a broken leg at the British Grand Prix in 1999.

“We’d always made it through his races safely,” Corinna says in the film.

“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.”

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