Model's staggering claims about Michael Schumacher's health

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Elisabetta Gregoraci and Michael Schumacher, pictured here before his devastating accident.
Elisabetta Gregoraci has made staggering claims about Michael Schumacher. Image: Getty

The ex-wife of Michael Schumacher’s former boss has made staggering new claims about the stricken Formula One legend’s health.

Appearing on the Italian version of Big Brother, TV presenter and model Elisabetta Gregoraci claimed to have inside knowledge about Schumacher’s condition and current location.

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Gregoraci is the ex-wife of former Benetton boss Flavio Briatore, where Schumacher raced in the early 1990s before he moved to Ferrari.

Gregoraci claimed Schumacher can’t speak and has been moved to a villa on the Spanish island of Majorca.

“Michael doesn’t speak, he communicates with his eyes,” Gregoraci said on the nationally-televised show.

“They moved to Spain and his wife has set up a hospital in that house.

“Only three people can visit him and I know who they are.”

Flavio Briatore and Elisabetta Gregoraci, pictured here at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2014.
Flavio Briatore and Elisabetta Gregoraci at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2014. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Reports emerged in 2018 that Schumacher had been moved to Majorca, however they were quickly refuted and he is thought to still be living in his lakeside home in Switzerland.

Updates on Schumacher’s condition have been few and far between since he suffered devastating injuries in a skiing accident in 2013.

His family has been keeping his condition a closely-guarded secret in the years since.

However Jean Todt, his friend and former boss at Ferrari, continues to visit Schumacher and recently said “he is fighting.”

“I saw Michael last week,” the 74-year-old told The Mail on Sunday last month.

“He is fighting. I hope the world will be able to see him again.

“That is what he and his family are working towards.”

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Doctor says Schumacher ‘in a vegetative state’

Todt was Schumacher’s team principal at Ferrari and is now the President of Formula One’s governing body - the FIA.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems,” Todt added.

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”

Earlier this month a renowned brain surgeon issued a concerning opinion about the F1 legend’s health.

Speaking on a new documentary that aired on French TV, respected neurosurgeon Erich Riederer cast serious doubts over whether Schumacher will ever be functional again.

“I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding,” Riederer told TMC.

“He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.

“I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so.”

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