Michael Schumacher health condition must be kept private, says close F1 pal

A friend of Michael Schumacher's says the Formula 1 legend's health condition must always remain private.

The seven-time world champion hasn't been seen in public since he suffered catastrophic injuries in a skiing accident in 2013. Little is known is about his condition, and friend of the family Timo Glock, who is himself a former F1 driver, insists it needs to stay that way.

Speaking to LuckyBlock, Glock says he's in touch with Mick Schumacher, but refuses to ask the 24-year-old about his father's health out of respect. He said: "I keep in contact with Mick Schumacher as he and I get along well.

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"I've also known other members of his family for a very long time, but I try not to impose on their privacy. I respect their right to be private, and I don't discuss Michael's condition with them.''

Glock claimed Schumacher was a very private person on race day, but away from the sport he was different animal. "I spent a lot of time off-track with Michael, and it didn't matter what we did," the 41-year-old said. "He was very open, super friendly, and a really nice guy. People thought he wasn't!''

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Glock began his F1 career in 2004, driving for now defunct constructors Jordan Ford before later joining Toyota. In 2008 and 2009 he achieved back-to-back 10th-place finishes in the Drivers' Championship – a career best. He then competed for Virgin Racing before leaving the circuit in 2012.

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Schumacher, meanwhile, won seven Drivers' Championships; in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. He spent the bulk of his illustrious career with Ferrari, winning five world titles with the Italian constructors. He retired in 2012, a year before his skiing accident.

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