December 29, 2013 was acrimonious day to remember for Michael Schumacher as he suffered a very serious accident while skiing at the Meribel alpine resort, with the fall causing him serious brain injuries.
From that point on, his health status has been kept secret, although it has emerged that his situation is still critical.
“I am constantly in touch with Corinna, and I totally agree with their decision,” British Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn said back in 2019.
“Michael has always been a very private person and that’s been a guiding principle in his career and life and his family always agreed with that choice.
“It’s completely understandable that Corinna has wanted to maintain the same approach, even after the tragic event, and it’s a decision we must all respect.”
Netflix released a documentary on Schumacher‘s life this year, with both his wife Corinna and their two children Gina and Mick appearing to talk about the former Ferrari driver.
Meanwhile, his son has made his Formula 1 debut at the age of 22. Driving a considerably slow Haas car, Mick failed to register a single point in 2021.
Vettel’s wish was fulfilled
No driver has managed to win a Formula 1 title more times than Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. The latter had the opportunity to break the German’s record this season, but failed to overcome Max Verstappen.
Back in early December, Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel had expressed his desire to see the Dutchman win the title so Schumacher‘s record can remain untouched.
“Michael [Schumacher] is my hero, so for that reason I probably don’t want Lewis to win,” Vettel said, as reported in RacingNews365.com.
“In a way, I’d be happy if Michael‘s record still stands.
“But, even if Lewis wins, to me Michael is still the greatest. If Lewis can win one more, two more, three more, five more championships, it doesn’t change anything for me.
“I get along with Lewis, but probably the gut says I want Max to win to keep Michael‘s record alive. But my head is quite clear, in terms of may the better man win.”