Exactly 10 years ago, the Formula 1 world was shaken when seven-time champion Michael Schumacher suffered a severe skiing accident in the French Alps. Since then, the racing legend has remained reclusive, shielded from the public eye by his family, leaving fans and the media in the dark about his condition.
In recent days, we and many media have written about Schumacher because the anniversary of the accident was approaching, but we have to admit that people and the media have forgotten about this perhaps the greatest F1 legend of all time.
As the anniversary of the tragic incident approached, Michael's son, Mick Schumacher, also a professional race car driver, spoke of the profound impact his father's accident had on his outlook on life. Mick, who is now 24, shared with DPA that such experiences teach individuals to approach certain moments differently, encouraging appreciation of the small joys that life has to offer.
"Sometimes we focus too much on the negative things and not enough on the good things we still have," noted Mick, emphasizing the importance of gratitude and positivity. Michael Schumacher's accident occurred on December 29, 2023, resulting in severe brain trauma despite wearing a helmet that broke on impact with a rock.
In the following years, Michael fought for his life, first in a medically induced coma in a hospital in Grenoble, and later in his adapted home. For a decade, the Schumacher family kept a veil of privacy, with Mick claiming that Michael has always protected them, and now it's their turn to fight back.
Mick's mother, Corina, expressed this sentiment in the 2021 Netflix documentary series "Being Michael Schumacher," providing limited insight into the family's life after the accident.
Mick Schumacher wants to follow in his father's footsteps
Mick, who began his professional racing career following in his father's footsteps, expressed his desire for a deeper relationship with Michael.
He believes that their common language of motorsport would bring a new dimension to their relationship, allowing for more meaningful conversations. In the coming year, Mick will drive for Alpina in the endurance championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
His father tried his hand at this prevention before his debut in Formula. The younger Schumacher is 2021-22. drove for the Haas team, but neither this year nor for the upcoming season did he get a seat in the cockpit of Formula 1, except as a test and reserve driver for Mercedes.