Michael Schumacher's wife recently opened up in great detail about the F1 star's medical battle following a tragic accident that left the legend in a coma eight years ago.
Schumacher suffered a near-fatal brain injury while skiing at the French resort of Meribel in December of 2013 and has not been seen in public since. The seven-time world champion's condition has been kept secret thanks to the intervention of his wife, Corina, who vowed to protect her husband's privacy.
Some information has managed to trickle down to the public, however. Recently, former Ferrari boss and Schumacher's close friend Jean Todt shared that he is hopeful Schumacher will eventually recover from his injuries, though little more has been revealed about the driver's condition.
In a new Netflix documentary SCHUMACHER which catalogs Schumacher's life and career toward becoming one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Corina breaks down in tears and finally opens ip about her husband's accident and condition.
“Shortly before it happened in Meribel he said to me, ‘The snow isn’t optimal. We could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there’,” Corinna says.
“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?
“Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. The children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael.”
Corina also revealed how the traumatic situation has affected the couple's son Mick and daughter Gina.
“Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find,” Corinna says in the documentary, set to be released on September 15 and which features never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with those closest to Schumacher.
“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.
“‘Private is private’, as he always said. It’s very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible.
“Michael always protected us and now we are protecting Michael.”
Mick has since followed in his father's footsteps. Having graduated to the F1, Mick is currently in the middle of his maiden season with Haas.
The 22-year-old tries to remember his father before the accident, laughing and having fun.
Unfortunately, those things are no longer possible.
“Since the accident, of course, these experiences, these moments that I believe many people have with their parents, are no longer present, or to a lesser extent. And in my view, that is a little unfair,” Mick says.
“I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport. And that we would have much more to talk about.
“That’s where my head is most of the time. Thinking that would be so cool. That would be it. I would give up everything just for that.”