Michael Schumacher’s former manager Willy Webber has accused the German icon’s family of telling “lies” about the seven-time F1 champion’s condition.
In the year Schumacher has not been seen in public since he suffered a fatal brain injury while skiing in the French resort of Meribel in December 2013.
His condition has been shrouded in secrecy for the past nine years, his wife Corina, who has vowed privacy as he recovers at their home in Switzerland.
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From time to time, drops of information have come out – most recently, former Ferrari boss and Schumacher’s best friend Jean Todt, 53, hopes that the 53-year-old will one day recover – but the whole world is kept in the dark about Schumacher’s health.
to speak Gazzetta dello Sport This week, Webber said he has been banned from visiting Schumacher since the shocking skiing accident.
The 80-year-old said: “I tried to contact Korna hundreds of times and she never answered.
“I called Jean Todt to ask if I should go to the hospital and he told me to wait – it was too early.
“I called the next day and no one answered. I didn’t expect this kind of behavior and I’m still angry. They kicked me out saying it’s too early, it’s too late now. It’s been nine years. Maybe they just say that.
I understood the situation at first, as I did everything I could to keep Michael private. But since then we have only heard lies from them.
Corinna has been fiercely protective of her husband since the accident and has revealed how the family – including the couple’s son Mick and daughter Gina – have dealt with the trauma over the past eight years.
“Michael is here. It’s different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I get it,” Korna told the Netflix documentary. SCHUMACHER.
“We are together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We will do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he is comfortable. And simply to make him feel like our family, our bond.
“And no matter what, I’ll do my best. We all do.
We are trying to continue as a family as Michael loved and still loves. And we are moving on with our lives.
“’It’s personal,’ as he always says. It is very important to me that he continues to enjoy his private life as much as possible.
“Michael is always waiting for us and now we are waiting for Michael.”
At last year’s awards ceremony in Rome, Piero Ferrari – the son of legendary carmaker Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari’s vice chairman – hinted at Schumacher’s condition.
“I’m sorry we’re talking about him now that he’s dead,” he said. He’s not dead, he’s there but he can’t communicate.
Piero spoke briefly about his relationship with Schumacher.
“I had the pleasure of having Schumacher as a guest at home and drinking red wine together,” he said.
“He really enjoyed having these moments of intimacy and calm.”
Schumacher’s son Mick now races for the Haas team in F1, but has not commented on his father’s condition.