Michael Schumacher’s former manager is claiming that the former F1 driver’s wife is hiding the truth about his condition.
In 2013, the now 50-year-old suffered a near-fatal brain injury after falling and hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps, Mirror News reports.
Since being discharged from hospital, where Michael had spent three months in a medically induced coma, he reportedly spent time in a rehab facility in Switzerland. He’s now being cared for in the home he shares with his family – wife, Corinna (50), and children Gina-Marie (22) and Mick (20) – in Gland, a Swiss town on the shore of Lake Geneva.
The F1 driver’s family has kept quiet about his condition and he hasn’t been seen in public since the accident.
But Willi Weber, Michael’s former manager, believes that Corinna is withholding information about his condition, Daily Mail reports.
Willi, whom Corinna has also barred from seeing Michael, says he’s desperate to see his old friend again.
“I know that Michael has been hit hard, but unfortunately I don’t know what progress he makes,” Willi said in a recent TV documentary to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael’s first world championship.
“I’d like to know how he’s doing and shake hands or stroke his face.
“But unfortunately, this is rejected by Corinna. She’s probably afraid that I’ll see right away what’s going on and make the truth public.
“I firmly believe in Michael’s recovery, because I know he’s a fighter.
“If there’s a chance, he’ll use it. That cannot be the end. I pray for him and am convinced that we’ll see him again.”
Weber’s candid comments come shortly after Corinna gave her first interview – with carmaker Mercedes’ She Magazine – since the 2013 accident. In the interview, she thanked Michael for everything he’s done for their family, The Sun reports.
“He did everything for me. I’ll never forget who I have to thank. That would be my husband, Michael,” Corinna said.