Michael Schumacher ‘can’t communicate’ following 2013 skiing accident says Ferrari boss – but ‘he’s there’

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Friends and colleagues hope seven-time Formula 1 world champion’s recovery from head injury will continue

The son of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari has provided an insight into Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher’s health – saying he “can’t communicate”.

The seven-time world champion was placed in a medically-induced coma for six months after suffering a head injury while skiing in the French Alps in December 2013, according to the Mirror.

He was relocated to his home by Lake Geneva in September 2014, where he has been recovering ever since. Updates have been rare, with the family keen to keep his condition private,

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, Piero Ferrari, vice-chairman of the car-maker, speaking at an awards ceremony in Rome, said: “I’m sorry we talk about him today as if he were dead. He’s not dead, he’s there but he can’t communicate.”

Recently, former Ferrari boss and Schumacher’s close friend Jean Todt – who helped mastermind the German’s dominance in the early 2000s – said he was hopeful the 52-year-old would recover one day.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Todt said: “I’ve spent a lot of time with [Schumacher’s wife] Corinna since Michael had his serious skiing accident.

“She is a great woman and leads the family. She didn’t expect that. It happened suddenly and she had no choice.”

Last month Netflix released a documentary, Schumacher, which looks at the German’s life and career en route to establishing himself as one of the greatest racing drivers.

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In it Corinna, and two children, Gina and Haas rookie driver Mick, are among those who comment on the German driver’s journey.

In it Corinna breaks down in tears as she finally speaks publicly about the incident that changed her and her family’s life forever.

The Formula 1 website said: “We are … given insights into how the Schumachers have dealt with the situation, Corinna Schumacher talking touchingly of life today with her husband, saying: “Of course I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. The children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is still here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find.”

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