Why Michael Schumacher’s condition has been kept secret for five years

Updates on stricken Michael Schumacher’s condition are few and far between – and his manager has revealed why.

The seven-time Formula One champion hit his head on a rock while skiing with his then 14-year-old son Mick in the French Alps in December 2013.

Since then fans have been desperate for any news on the German – but it hasn’t been forthcoming.

Speaking at a meeting of media professionals back in March 2016, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm lifted the lid on why.

The comments have come into the public domain – and reveal why she has never released any information about the F1 legend’s condition.

Sabine Kehm, manager of Michael Schumacher

“In general the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna’s private life,” she said.

“When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear he was a private individual.

“Once in a long discussion Michael said to me: ‘You don’t need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.’

“I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that some day.

“That’s why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don’t let anything get out.”

Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari Jean Todt has revealed he visits the stricken German champion twice a month.

Earlier in the year, “close relatives” reportedly told French magazine ‘Paris Match’ and given a brief insight into the 49-year-old’s current well-being.

One relative was quoted as saying: “When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries.”

Schumacher currently lives in the town of Gland, overlooking the Lake Geneva.

And Todt is a regular visitor to their home, seeing his close friend ‘a minimum of twice a month’.

He told The Times: “I love Michael. I see his family. I wish the situation would be different.

“When people ask me what is my best memory, it’d say Suzuka in 2000. Michael is world champion after 21 years.

“I remember saying to Michael, ‘On a professional level, things will be different for us.”

 

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