The well-known former Ferrari team boss, Jean Todt, and close friend of the legendary Formula 1 driver, Michael Schumacher, spoke out against the numerous rumors surrounding the champion in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Schumacher has been out of the public eye since a devastating skiing accident in 2013, leading to speculation and supposed "exclusive information" about his life since the accident.
Todt's Statement on Privacy
Todt, 77, expressed his respect for the privacy wishes of Schumacher's wife, Corinna, and their children. "Let's leave him alone," Todt stated. "We respect the privacy wishes of Corinna and her children, although we know of course that the accident had consequences.
But anyone who says he knows something, knows nothing." Todt continued to emphasize the close relationship he has with Schumacher and his family, saying "I always go to see him. He and his family are my family."
Schumacher's Accomplishments with Ferrari
During Todt's time as Ferrari's chief executive, Schumacher won an unprecedented five consecutive world championships from 2000 to 2004.
Todt has revealed that during his visits with Schumacher, they enjoy watching old Formula One races together, but has never publicly disclosed the true state of the champion's health.
Last month, former Formula One team owner, Eddie Jordan, claimed that Schumacher's wife, Corinna, has lived "like a prisoner" in order to keep her husband's condition a secret.
Jordan also stated that his plans to visit Schumacher had been vetoed by the family.
Although Corinna has chosen to keep her life with Michael private, she shed some light on her struggles in a documentary about her husband's life that aired in 2022.
"Michael is here. Different, but he's here, and that gives us strength, I find," Corinna said. "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." Corinna emphasized the importance of protecting Michael's privacy, stating, "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."
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