Eddie Jordan opens up on being blocked from seeing Michael Schumacher
Mick Schumacher drives his father’s Ferrari F2003-GA in October
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Eddie Jordan has revealed that he was once refused a visit to see old friend Michael Schumacher by the Formula One icon’s wife, Corinna. Jordan, who handed Schumacher his F1 debut, admitted he understands why Corinna keeps a tight grip on who can visit the stricken star.
Schumacher suffered a life-changing and near-fatal brain injury while skiing in Switzerland in 2013. His family have kept his well-being private for the last decade, with Corinna sharing brief updates.
Former Jordan GP boss Jordan has now revealed that even he – a close friend of Schumacher’s – was denied a visit soon after the devastating incident. But he insists he has no ill feeling over being told he would not get to see the German.
“I made an effort to go see Michael in the early days and Corinna refused, and rightfully so because too many people wanted to go see him. Jean Todt was given the privilege to go see him because of how close they were from their time together at Ferrari which is completely understandable,” the 74-year-old told The Sun.
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“I was not able to go see Michael and they said: ‘We love you Eddie and we’ve been involved with you for a very long time. But we do need privacy and safeguard of Michael’.”
Jordan praised Corinna for the way she dealt with the shock of the situation. He added: “This was the most horrific situation for [son] Mick and Corinna.
“It’s been nearly ten years now and Corinna has not been able to go to a party, to lunch or this or that, she’s like a prisoner because everyone would want to talk to her about Michael when she doesn’t need reminding of it every minute.”
“Privacy is such a vital aspect to sport, business and your personal life. [Corinna] has set out some rules, I know her very well and a long time before Michael Schumacher. She’s a lovely girl and I knew her when she married Michael so there is a long history of good relations.”
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Corinna offered a rare insight into the life of her husband for the Netflix documentary ‘Schumacher’. She opened up on the reasons for keeping the 54-year-old’s wellbeing private.
“I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. It’s the children, the family, his father, everyone around him,” she said.
“I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I find. We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.
“’Private is private’, as he always said. It is very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael.”
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