The manager of F1 legend Michael Schumacher has spoken out on how he believes the Schumacher family was “lying” about the condition of the driver after his skiing accident in 2013. Michael was placed into a 6-month coma after the accident, and his family completely withdrew from the limelight as they focussed on the recovery of the German.
How did the accident happen?
During a holiday at the French Alps with his son Mick, Michael fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing across an off-piste area. Despite wearing a helmet, the driver suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Grenoble Hospital immediately where he underwent two emergency surgeries. It’s said that if he wasn’t wearing safety gear, he would have died.
Michael came out of the surgery in 2014 and was moved to another hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mick was only 14 at the time of the accident.
What’s happening now?
Will Weber, the manager who first signed Schumacher to his Formula Three team in the ’80s has voiced his concern over the limited access he’s had with the driver, adding that he’s been lied to by the family since the incident.
“It was a huge pain for me,” Weber admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I tried hundreds of times to contact [his wife] Corinna and she didn’t answer. 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.”
Mick Schumacher is currently showing great potential under the Haas team alongside Kevin Magnussen, and in a Netflix documentary last year called ‘Schumacher’, he talked about this relationship he had with his father:
“I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. Simply because we speak a similar language – the language of motorsport,” he said.
“We would have had much more to talk about and that is where my head is most of the time, thinking that would be so cool. That would be it. I would give up everything just for that. Yes.
“Since the accident, of course, these experiences, these moments that I believe many people have with their parents are no longer present, or to a lesser extent. In my view, that is a little unfair.”