How is Michael Schumacher? That’s what many of his fans are wondering, even on the anniversary of his accident. Here we summarize some of the statements made by his manager and confidants.
Kerpen – There are hardly any recent statements on Michael Schumacher’s state of health. Of course, fans and media respect the privacy of Michael Schumacher. Nevertheless, supporters understandably still wonder how their idol is doing.
The Formula 1 record world champion was on 29. December 2013, had an accident while skiing in the French Alps. In a fall, he had hit his head on a rock and, despite wearing a helmet, had suffered a severe craniocerebral trauma.
We summarize after the eighth anniversary of his terrible accident here what his manager Sabine Kehm had expressed – from her came predominantly in the first years after the accident statements, after that it became quieter with statements. Mind you: Here you will find NO speculations, but only the official statements of Michael Schumacher’s agent Sabine Kehm and other companions.
December 2017: manager revealed "secret wish" that puts everything in a different light
On the fourth anniversary of the accident, in December 2017, the French sports newspaper devoted L’equipe the case of Michael Schumacher several pages. "The state of health of the seven-time Formula One world champion is the subject of numerous rumors," the paper wrote. It was the cover story, on the cover a portrait of the native Rhinelander with the words: "Schumi, we won’t forget you."
The story split into several articles. One enumerated the many rumors that surround Schumacher – there are also very infamous ones. Another revolved around the children of the Formula 1 legend. But exciting for many fans should be the main article of the L’equipe It was very, very long and, of course, looked above all at the big picture. But not only. Schumi manager Sabine Kehm also had her say. It was one of the very rare statements (read more below) of Schumacher’s confidant. The L’equipe apparently met Kehm in Nyon, Switzerland.
Above all, a quote from Kehm let listen up. Since the newspaper’s report, it has been circulating through the German media. Who wants to read the original text of the L’equipe However, if you read the article, you will learn that she already said this in the spring of 2016, but it only received a great deal of attention in December.
"He told me he wanted to disappear", Schumacher’s manager is quoted. "He told me (sometime before the accident): ‘Don’t call me to plan things for next year, I will disappear.’" This had been his secret dream. "That’s why I don’t let anything out."
These words of Kehm shed a completely different light on the matter: According to them, it was Schumacher’s wish anyway to be in the public eye even less than before. It is only logical that Kehm has been even less forthcoming in the period since the accident. In addition, it is just about Schumachers privacy is. "Everyone understands the situation’", according to Kehm. "It’s a question of dignity."
In addition, Kehm gave insights into how Schumacher has kept his distance from the press in the past: "He has always set very strict rules. No journalist had his phone number, no photographer was allowed in to see him."
We have also summarized the statements Kehm has made in the years since Schumacher’s accident for you below.
Michael Schumacher: This is what his manager Sabine Kehm said about his state of health – a selection
Sabine Kehm has been Michael Schumacher’s manager for many years. She is the only one to make official announcements about his health – but she does so very cautiously, and in recent years the statements have become rarer. Here is a selection of their most important statements since the accident in chronology.
Sabine Kehm in January/February 2021 on the occasion of the Schumacher film: She emphasized: "The film should portray Michael’s incomparable career, but also show the many facets of a complex man: The merciless and daredevil Formula 1 driver, the ambitious athlete, the accomplished mechanic with a unique technical flair, the reliable team player and loving family father."
Sabine Kehm in May 2017 to Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland: "Michael is a public figure, the public has the right to know that something happened. We have also made very clear, that something serious had happened. Michael, however, has very consistently drawn a clear line between the public persona and the private persona. The fans and the media have always accepted that. The decision to protect privacy from the public has been made in Michael’s interest. It is the family’s right to deal with this in the way that is best for the family."
Sabine Kehm in December 2016: "Michael’s health is not a public issue, and therefore we will continue not to comment on it", Kehm said: "If only because we have to protect Michael’s privacy as much as possible." From a legal perspective any statement on the state of his health would "reduce the scope of his privacy in the long run", she added. "We are aware that this is difficult for some people to understand, but we do so in complete agreement with Michael’s attitude and can only thank you for the understanding."
Sabine Kehm in July 2016: "Michael should not disappear. But at the moment the private situation is so difficult that no insight can be given. And everyone should have understanding for that."
Sabine Kehm in March 2016 on the SZ: You could still ask the question about Schumacher’s road to recovery a good two years after his serious skiing accident"not answer in a few sentences". One would have to explain a lot, as it is "about a constant process".
Sabine Kehm in December 2015: "Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could walk does not correspond to the facts.
Sabine Kehm in May 2015: "We are happy to continue to say that he is Progress makes, and I always say this Considering the severity of his head injuries." (. ) "But, of course, it will be a difficult time for all those involved long struggle."
Sabine Kehm in November 2014 on RTL: "You have to give it time. I think you have to really just have patience."
Sabine Kehm in June 2014:"Michael has left the CHU Grenoble, to continue his long period of rehabilitation. He is no longer in a coma." (. ) "His family would like to expressly thank all the attending doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble, as well as the first responders at the scene of the accident, who did an excellent job in these first months."
Sabine Kehm in April 2014: "Michael is making progress on his journey. It shows Moments of awareness and awakening." (. ) "We stand by him in his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we remain confident."
Sabine Kehm in January 2014: "Michael’s anesthesia has recently been reduced in order to put him in a Transferring the awakening process, which can last a very long time."
Sabine Kehm shortly after the accident in December 2013: "Michael has been in a private skiing trip in the French Alps, he fell on his head. He has been taken to the hospital and is receiving professional medical care." The medical team treating Schumacher added that his condition was "extremely serious". He is with"widespread injuries in the brain" in danger to his life and is in a artificial coma has been transferred.
Michael Schumacher: What friends and companions say about his state of health
Jean Todt in November 2021: Schumacher’s longtime confidant Todt came forward in the Mail on Sunday on the floor. After taking a look at his schedule, he revealed to the sister newspaper of the Daily Mail, that he last drove his former Ferrari protege on the 18. visited October. But what about Schumi? "Michael fights. He is fighting, and we can only hope that he is getting better," Todt stated.
Jean Todt in October 2019: In an interview with the Italian La Repubblica Michael Schumacher’s long-time companion and good friend Jean Todt spoke about the current state of health of his former protege. At the same time, however, the former team boss of the Ferrari racing team stressed that there were no significant changes. "There is no news, except for the fact that Michael is fighting every day to get better," Todt was quoted as saying.
Luca di Montezemolo in February 2016: "Unfortunately, an accidental fall on skis broke him", says di Montezemolo on the podium. The News that he has from Schumacher is unfortunately not good news, stresses the ex-Ferrari boss. He did not give further details.
Ex-manager Willi Weber in December 2015 to the tz: "What do we know? Michael is making progress, but the question is: progress at what level? Michael has had it bad, I have suffered so much and I am still suffering." (. ) "I’m concerned that you don’t hear from the family, and I miss the transparency a little bit. You have to say what’s wrong and you can’t hide it forever. Michael was a man who stood in public. I don’t think it’s good that people aren’t finally clearing this up. It’s like a game of hide and seek."
Jean-Francois Payen in October 2014:"One is on a time scale that goes from one year to three years", said the head of anesthesia and resuscitation at the University Hospital of Grenoble, where Schumacher was hospitalized after his skiing accident on 29 September. December 2013 was brought. (lin with material from dpa, SID and tz)