Michael Schumacher's family receive emotional message from former F1 man

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Michael Schumacher remains away from the spotlight with F1 icon's condition unknown

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 30/11/2023

- 09:47

The German hasn't been seen in public for nearly a decade

Former Mercedes chief Norbert Haug has told Michael Schumacher's family he's ready to support them if needed.

The German sustained serious injuries while skiing in the French Alps back in December 2013.

Schumacher went off course and struck his head on a rock before being taken to hospital and being placed in a medically induced coma.

The 54-year-old later returned home but has lived away from the spotlight ever since.

Norbert Haug

Nortbert Haug is ready to help Michael Schumacher's family if they need anything


Schumacher's family have provided only rare updates over the past decade in order to protect his privacy.

It is still unknown what condition the 54-year-old is in today.

And Haug, who worked with Schumacher at Mercedes, has sent a message to the German's family by saying he's ready to help them if needed.

"I respect the wish that Michael's health is a private matter," he said, per Sports Mole.

"And it's always been like this - if there's something I can contribute to help, then I'll be there in a flash.

"A call, a message, and I'm off."

Fans will never know what Schumacher's time in retirement would have been like if the accident didn't happen .

Some have claimed he'd have made a good pundit, especially given how enjoyable his interviews were during his driving days.

Haug, however, thinks Schumacher would have been a great F1 manager instead.

"Michael would have been a gifted manager," added the 71-year-old.

"He was so precise and yet so funny and so much fun off the track."

Haug has also defended Schumacher's second stint in F1.

He returned to the sport in 2010, having retired four years previously, hoping to add to his haul of seven F1 crowns.

Yet Schumacher was unable to achieve more success and retired after two years with Mercedes.

Haug insists the German made the right decision to return, however, and looks back at his time with the Silver Arrows with fondness.

"In his last year, when many were describing him as no longer competitive, he took pole position in Monaco - the mother of all race tracks," he said.

"Anyone who was able to get to pole in that car had clearly lost absolutely nothing of their skills.

"I heard so many people say back then that Michael was no longer his old self, but he certainly was.

"At first he didn't know the tyres, he had only used the grooved tyres before that, it was even a different brand and now had had to use slicks."

Meanwhile, a new documentary on Schumacher is due to release next month.


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Michael Schumacher hasn't been seen in public since a tragic skiing accident in 2013


German broadcaster ARD are releasing episodes on his rise from a go-karting star to one of the best drivers of all time.

It is currently unclear, however, whether there will be any updates on his health.

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