Former Ferrari Director Says Michael Schumacher is 'No Longer the Same Michael'

Former Ferrari director Jean Todt said that his friend Michael Schumacher is no longer the same Michael Schumacher we know from Formula 1

by Sededin Dedovic
Former Ferrari Director Says Michael Schumacher is 'No Longer the Same Michael'
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Former Ferrari director Jean Todt has shared heartbreaking news about his friend and legendary Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher. In an interview with the newspaper LeQuipe, Todt revealed that Schumacher "is no longer the Michael we knew in Formula 1".

Schumacher, a seven-time world champion and one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history, suffered a severe head injury while skiing in December 2013. He was in an induced coma for six months and has been receiving treatment at his home on Lake Geneva since then.

A different Michael

Todt, who was Ferrari director when Schumacher won five consecutive championships from 2000 to 2004, said Schumacher was now "different". "He's here, so I don't miss him," Todt said. "But he's just not the Michael he used to be.

He's being led wonderfully by his wife and protective children. He's different now and I'm privileged to share moments with him. That's all there is to say."
Schumacher's family has been fiercely protective of his privacy since the accident.

Even many close friends and relatives do not know his full condition. In a 2021 Netflix documentary, Schumacher's wife Corinna said he was "going through rehab" and that he was "different, but he's there."

A legacy that lasts

Despite the tragedy, Schumacher's legacy as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time remains.

With seven world championships, 91 wins and 155 podiums, his on-track achievements marked an era of Formula 1. Schumacher's story is a reminder of the fragility of life. Even the most talented and successful individuals can be knocked down in an instant, and that's a normal part of life.

Although Schumacher's future is uncertain, there is still hope. Todt's words suggest he is making progress in his recovery. And as long as he is surrounded by loving family and friends, there is always reason to believe. He will forever be remembered as a sports legend and an inspiration to us all.

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