Michael Schumacher latest as son Mick prepares for Formula 1 debut

The Schumacher name returns to the F1 grid in 2021.

Nine years after the great Michael Schumacher retired for a second time from the sport he dominated in the early 2000s, his son Mick will line up for Haas.

The 21-year-old is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and won last year’s Formula 2 title, two years after becoming F3 champion.

2021 also marks 30 years since dad Michael made his first appearance in Formula 1, something not lost on his son.

Ahead of pre-season testing he said: “My father actually had his first race in Formula 1 30 years ago this year – that makes it even more emotional and even nicer.”

In Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive, he says in an interview: “He’s seven-time world champion and he’s the greatest.

“My dad is my idol, that’s for sure,” as viewers see clips of a proud Michael watching Mick karting as a child.

Sadly Michael will not be trackside to watch his son race in F1 as he continues to recover from a life-changing skiing accident in December 2013.

Michael Schumacher’s health

Information about the seven-time world champion’s health has been scarce since he suffered a traumatic brain injury when he fell and hit his head in the French Alps.

The most recent update has come from close friend and former boss Jean Todt, who oversaw five of Schumacher’s seven titles as team boss for Ferrari.

The FIA president said in December 2020 that Schumacher is receiving treatment that has been tailored to help him “return to a more normal life”.

Jean Todt has remained one of Michael Schumacher’s closest friends

Todt, who is among just a handful of visitors to Schumacher’s Swiss home, told Ouest France : “I am very discreet on this subject.

“We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.

“Since then, he has been treated so that he can be able to return to a more normal life.”

Back in September the Frenchman also said : “He is fighting.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too,” adding he will do whatever he can to help when required.

Previously Todt has detailed watching F1 races on TV with Schumacher at his home, and said his friend is following Mick’s progress.

In November, before Mick’s F2 title and subsequent F1 drive was confirmed, he told RTL France: “Of course he (Michael) is following him.

“Mick is probably going to race in Formula 1 next year which will be a great challenge. We would be delighted to have a new Schumacher at the highest level of motor racing.”

What happened to Michael Schumacher?

Michael Scumacher holding son Mick on his lap
Michael Schumacher watched son Mick compete in karting as a child

The 91-time race winner was holidaying with friends and family in the French Alps when he fell while skiing on December 29 2013.

Schumacher was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital requiring ‘immediate neurosurgical intervention’ and underwent two life-saving operations.

It is thought the F1 legend would have died had he not been wearing a ski helmet.

After the operations Schumacher remained in a coma as doctors described his condition as “extremely serious”.

Ever since news about his condition has been few and far between.

In April 2014 his family said he had shown “moments of consciousness and awakening”, before following that up three months later with an update saying he was no longer in a coma and had left Grenoble.

Later it was confirmed Schumacher had been moved from Lausanne Hospital to the family home on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The statement read: “Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home.

“Considering the severe head injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months.

Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna
Michael Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in December 2013 when skiing in Meribel in the French Alps

“There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.”

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said in 2015 that his condition was improving “considering the severeness of the injury he had”, but a year later his lawyer told a court his client “cannot walk”.

The German has also been secretly admitted to a Paris hospital for stem cell treatment.

In September 2018 it was reported he was set to undergo treatment based on stem cell transfusion by pioneering French surgeon Philippe Menasche. He is best known for performing the world’s first embryonic cell transplant on a patient with heart failure in 2014, and specialises in stem cell research.

Most of the time the former Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes driver has been looked after at his home in a specially built medical facility by a 15-strong team.

“Close relatives” have reportedly spoken with French magazine ‘Paris Match’ and given a brief insight into his well-being, with one quoted as saying: “When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries.”

In March 2016 Kehm explained why Schumacher’s family have kept the F1 legend’s condition secret.

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

Sabine Kehm giving an interview at Motorworld in Cologne
Sabine Kehm has remained Michael Schumacher’s spokeswoman after his accident

“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.”

The family has also moved to shut down false reports about Schumacher’s condition.

Kehm has rejected some of these claims, saying: “Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael.

“Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people.”

However, the family has agreed to appear in a new documentary and provide rare footage of the F1 hero.

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