Michael Schumacher’s ex-manager makes heartbreaking ‘no hope’ statement

Michael Schumacher’s ex-manager, Willi Weber, has claimed he ‘no longer has hope’ of speaking to his former friend and client again. The seven-time F1 world champion has been in private care at his family home for nearly a decade now with minimal updates given to his legion of adoring fans.

The tenth anniversary of Schumacher’s accident is now fast approaching – the 54-year-old was skiing with his son Mick in the French Alps on 29 December 2013 when he sustained a serious head injury after crashing while navigating an off-piste area. 

Schumacher was placed into a medically induced coma until June of the next year when he was brought back to the family home in Switzerland. Since then he has been cared for by his wife Corinna, who has rarely offered updates on his state and fitness, instead pleading for privacy as the legendary racer remains away from the public eye.

In an interview with Express.de, Weber was asked about his feelings towards Schumacher ten years after the accident, to which he replied: “Unfortunately when I think of Michael now, I no longer have any hope of seeing him again. Without any positive news after ten years.”

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While updates from outside of the Schumacher family have been hard to come by after Corinna narrowed down the pool of close friends who were allowed contact with the seven-time world champion, former FIA president and Ferrari manager Jean Todt has provided some insight.

In 2019 he told Radio Monte-Carlo: “I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true. I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland. Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house. He does not give up and keeps fighting.

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“His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship can not be the same as it once was. Just because there’s no longer the same communication as before. He continues to fight. And his family is fighting the same way.”

Corinna also offered some words to his fans in July 2022, explaining: “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. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I find.”

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