Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari team-mate reveals how long-suffering wife Corinna polices who can visit the stricken Formula One legend, 10 years on from his tragic skiing accident
- Michael Schumacher's wife has strict rules over who can visit the stricken F1 legend
- The German's condition is shrouded in mystery after a skiing accident in 2013
- Longtime Ferrari teammate said family is maintaining secrecy 'for Michael's sake'
Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has strict rules about who can visit the stricken Formula 1 legend, according to his ex-Ferrari teammate.
It has been almost ten years since the seven-time Formula 1 champion suffered serious head injuries while skiing in the French resort of Meribel on December 29, 2013.
The condition of Schumacher, who was put into an induced coma and underwent several operations, has since been shrouded in mystery, with only brief updates from his inner circle.
This week his brother revealed that the German may never fully recover after the horrific accident that 'changed our family' – and now a former Ferrari team-mate of Schumacher has shed further light on the situation.
Luca Badoer said via the sun: 'Only a few people are allowed to visit. Corinna decides who can see him.
Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna is said to have strict rules about who can visit the F1 legend
His former Ferrari teammate Luca Badoer claimed that only a few people were allowed to see him
'The family wants to maintain some kind of secrecy about this and I respect their will.
Badoer – one of the people allowed to visit – added: 'They are all doing this for Michael's good.'
Schumacher was brought out of the coma early the following year but has not been seen in public since and there have been few updates on his well-being.
Former Ferrari and FIA chief Jean Todt said Schumacher “is just not the Michael he was, he is different” in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe earlier this month.
Wife Corinna is a fierce protector of Schumacher's privacy and has been close to his side for the past decade, but she is now trying to move on with life – according to another of the former racer's old teammate, Johnny Herbert. .
Schumacher and Corinna married in 1995 and the couple have two children together
Schumacher has not been seen in public since the serious accident ten years ago
'She [Corinna] has said they are trying to move on as a family as Michael would have wanted,” he said.
'They go on with their lives, but private also means private. It would be great to have him back.”
Corinna and Schumacher married in 1995 and the couple have two children together – a daughter Gina-Maria and son Mick – who has followed in his father's footsteps by becoming an F1 driver.
It came after Schumacher's brother Ralf admitted his condition may never improve, while speaking about the impact of the accident on the family.
“I miss the Michael of the past,” he said. 'Life is unfair from time to time.
'Michael has been very lucky all his life. But then there was that tragic accident.'
The 48-year-old entrepreneur and expert added: 'Fortunately, advanced medical science offers many opportunities. However, nothing is as it was anymore.'