For the first time since Michael Schumacher was injured in a skiing accident, his wife Corinna has opened up on her husband and his injuries. Explaining that she missed her husband “every day”, they try to make his life as comfortable as possible after declaring that he’s had the worst luck.
Shortly after retiring from Formula 1, Michael hit his head while skiing in France and while he was wearing a helmet, still suffered a serious head injury. He was quickly rushed to the hospital but remained there for 6 months in a medically induced coma.
Since then, he returned to his home in Lake Geneva where he’s being looked after.
Talking on the Netflix documentary, Schumacher, Corinna gave his fans a sad update about the F1 racing driver:
“I miss Michael every day.
“But Michael is here – different, but here. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”
As a Formula One driver, Michael was in constant danger, but his wife admits that she thought there were “guardian angels” watching over him.
With tears in her eyes, she said:
“We’d always made it through his races safely, which is why I was certain he had a few guardian angels that were keeping an eye out for him.
“I don’t know if it’s just a kind of protective wall that you put up yourself or if it’s because you’re in a way naive – but it simply never occurred to me that anything could ever happen to Michael.
“It was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone could ever have in their life,” she said in response to the skiing accident.
Unsurprisingly, his family have been very quiet over his health, and Corinna revealed that this is something Michael always wanted.
“We are trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does,” she said.
“We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable.
“We are getting on with our lives, ‘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.
“Michael always protected us, now we are protecting Michael.”
The documentary covers the skiing accident, and as Corinna walks us through the day, she reveals that the snow “wasn’t optimal”, and talked with Michael about going to Dubai to go sky-diving instead.
Jean Todt, Michael’s former boss, also commented on the accident:
“Fate had been kind to Michael, but he was a victim of misfortune.
“The family’s life changed from one minute to the next.
“A father, such a strong leader with a great personality and that disintegrated from one minute to the next.”
Michael’s son and daughter also commented on their father:
Michael’s daughter Gina smile while saying: “Well, he is my dad, and I’m glad that he is,” while his son Mick says: “When I look at him, I think, ‘I want to be like that.’”
“I think that he is simply very strong mentally. Extremely strong. He still shows me how strong he is every day” Corinna says, wrapping up the interview.
Schumacher will be released on Netflix on September 15.