Rome: Formula One boss Jean Todt said on Thursday he remains hopeful that “one day” he will be able to attend a Grand Prix race with stricken former world champion Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher, 50, has not been seen in public since suffering catastrophic head injuries in a high-speed skiing accident in December 2013.
“There is no news other than the fact that Michael is fighting every day to improve the situation.”
Todt — president of the sport´s ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) — was Ferrari director when Schumacher won five of his seven world titles, and remains a close friend to the German driver and his family.
“It´s clear that we all have to help him and hope that there will be, let´s say, steady progress,” continued the 73-year-old Frenchman. “I´ve been telling the truth, I watch Grand Prix on television with him. I hope one day we can go together to attend a Grand Prix.”
Almost no information has filtered through about Schumacher´s condition since the accident in the French Alps, but in the opinion of renowned neurologists, the former driver, technically out of a coma, is in a vegetative state.
“We must accompany him in this fight, support his wife Corinna who is a fantastic woman, who cares for him, and their children. We must help them by respecting their wishes to the maximum,” continued Todt.
“Michael is a racing legend. I´m not saying it´s wrong to want to have news about him, but it´s up to the family to decide what they want to say or not.”
Todt also regretted that Schumacher´s visit to the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris for stem cell therapy last month had been revealed.
“I´m stunned to see that when he came to Paris for a check at the hospital, people who should respect medical confidentiality spoke. I find this unworthy and I hope we find the source,” he added.