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Michael Schumacher’s manager has opened up about the stricken Formula 1 legend’s personal life.
Sabine Kehm, who has been notoriously light-lipped since Schumacher’s skiing accident in 2013, has been his full-time manager since 2010.
Before that, she was his press officer from 1999 onwards, and has some remarkable insights into his family life.
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Kehm has offered little to the public in the five years that have followed the accident, but has now opened up in an interview with F1’s official podcast ‘Beyond The Grid’ to mark the fifth anniversary of the terrible incident.
She revealed how Schumacher and wife Corrina are still ‘the perfect couple’, speaking with adoration about the married pair.
“They were such a perfect couple and they are still a perfect couple if you ask me,” she said.
“When he went home and the kids would come in, Formula One was far away. And he needed that privacy.
“His family has always been his charger in a way. Family-wise he was — and still is — really close with his family.
“Secondly, Michael managed to have friends from his childhood until now.
“That’s a nice thing as well, he’s always had them around … he has a bunch of close and very good friends.”
Kehm also revealed how he cared and thought about every single person in his Ferrari team.
“He wanted to have the birthdays of everybody and we needed to give Christmas wishes and presents to everybody,” she said.
“He would always in length think about what present to give each person, that was something that was really important to him.
“He knew he was demanding and wanted to reward them in a way.
“Michael has always been a very warm person, even in the racing environment. But he didn’t want this to be seen on the outside because he thought it would take away some of the competitiveness.
“He very clearly divided those two personas. Sport at that level is a lot of mind games — he wanted to come across as confident and strong.”
Schumacher’s family recently assured fans he is being well cared for at home in Switzerland.
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” the family said in a statement that made a rare comment about his condition.
“Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”