Michael Schumacher's former Ferrari boss has offered a rare update about the Formula One legend's condition after making a shock admission about the 53-year-old.
Schumacher hasn't been seen or heard from since suffering severe head injuries in a skiiing accident in the French Alps in December of 2013.
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The Ferrari legend's family has been notoriously private when it comes to providing information to the public, with wife Corrina keen to protect her husband.
Schumacher has always been a very private person and the German's wife has been keen to keep it that way, with few visitors allowed to the family home and precious little in the way of updates about his long health battle and current condition.
However, one man who has been able to shed some light on the motorsport legend is Schumacher's former Ferrari boss, Jean Todt.
While not opening up on the 53-year-old's condition, the Frenchman says he has been to visit Schumacher at the family's home and made the shock revelation that he even watches F1 races with the German.
“I don’t miss Michael, I see him,” Todt said in an interview with German TV channel RTL.
“Yes, it’s true, I watch races with Michael. But sure, I guess what I miss is what we used to do together.”
Todt would appear to be one of the few people outside of Schmumacher's immediate family that is allowed to spend time with the German legend.
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The Frenchman's update comes after Schumacher's former manager Willi Weber took an angry swipe at the German's family, accusing them of lying and shutting him out of the 53-year-old's life.
Speaking in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport this week, Weber claimed he hasn't been allowed to visit Schumacher since his near-fatal accident.
“I tried hundreds of times to contact Corinna and she didn’t answer,” the 80-year-old said.
“I called Jean Todt to ask him if I should go to the hospital and he told me to wait – it’s too early.
“I called the next day and no one answered. I didn’t expect behaviour like that and I’m still angry about it. They kept me out, telling me it’s too early, well now it’s too late. It’s been nine years. Maybe they should just say it the way it is.
“I could understand the situation initially as I always did everything I could for Michael to protect his private life. But since then we have only heard lies from them.
“Years after the accident, I said to myself to just look out for the family as I couldn't change things.
“He was like a son to me. Even today it hurts me to talk about it."
Speaking publicly for the first time in a Netflix documentary last year, Corrina revealed her reasons for keeping Schumacher's condition so private.
"'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,” Corinna said.
“Michael always protected us and now we are protecting Michael.
“What he really didn’t like was the press, the people, all the hype around him. That’s not what he wanted. He wanted to do the sport.
“Michael is very suspicious. He always has been, during the initial period. Until he thinks he knows someone or can trust them, then he opens up completely.”
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