Michael Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari has revealed the stricken Formula One legend has been closely following the progress of his son Mick.
Updates on Schumacher’s condition have been few and far between since he suffered devastating head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013.
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However Jean Todt, Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari and the current head of the FIA, has been visiting the former driver regularly in recent months.
On Tuesday, Todt provided a rare insight into Schumacher’s condition, answering one of the key questions fans have been wondering.
“Of course he is following him,” Todt told RTL France about Schumacher’s son Mick.
“Mick is probably going to race in Formula 1 next year which will be a great challenge.
“We would be delighted to have a new Schumacher at the highest level of motor racing.”
Mick Schumacher is forging his own career in motorsport and is currently leading the F2 standings.
He is expected to make his debut in F1 at some stage next year.
Todt has been visiting Schumacher monthly and providing fans with snippets of new information.
“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” Todt told RTL.
“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights.
“We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”
Neurosurgeon says Schumacher ‘very altered’
Schumacher won five consecutive World Drivers’ Championships under Todt’s leadership from 2000 to 2004.
In January a leading neurosurgeon said Schumacher would be “very altered” and “deteriorated”, warning fans not to expect miracles.
“We must imagine a person very different from the one we remember on the track, with a very altered and deteriorated organic, muscular and skeletal structure,” Nicola Acciari told Contro Copertina.
“All as a result of the brain trauma he suffered.”
The neurosurgeon’s warning came after Todt assured fans that he’s “still fighting”.
“I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true. I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland,” he said last year.
“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house. He does not give up and keeps fighting.
“His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship cannot be the same as it once was just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.”
Schumacher has not been seen in public since being put into a medically induced coma in 2013.
Reports surfaced last September that the motorsport legend was transferred to a Paris hospital for secret treatment, with the Schumacher family last making an update on his condition at the start of the year to mark his 50th birthday.
However late last year his wife Corinna gave another cryptic update to supporters.
Corrina urged fans to remain strong in a show of unity, insisting that their support can assist the F1 great's recovery.
“Many small particles can form a huge mosaic,” Corinna said.
“Together you are stronger, and that is exactly how combined forces of the KeepFighting movement make it easier to encourage others.”
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