Michael Schumacher update as F1 presenter explains what he tells fans about Formula One icon

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Michael Schumacher hasn't been seen in public for nearly a decade

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 21/11/2023

- 10:30

The 54-year-old hasn't been seen in public for nearly a decade after a devastating skiing accident in 2013

A TV presenter has opened up on what he tells fans whenever they ask about Michael Schumacher.

The German is one of the best F1 drivers of all time, having won seven titles during the course of his glittering career.

However, Schumacher hasn't been seen in a decade after a devastating skiing accident in 2013.

The 54-year-old went off course and hit his head on a rock, suffering serious injuries as a result.

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Michael Schumacher update has been provided by TV presenter Florian Koenig


Not much is known about Schumacher today, with his family preferring to keep details under wraps in order to preserve his privacy.

A new documentary is releasing next month that will shed light on his rise from go-karting star to one of the best drivers of all time.

Speaking to German producers ARD, Florian Koenig has now revealed he's often asked about Schumacher by fans.

However, he respects the stricken F1 icon and tells fans he won't be providing them with any insight.

"Whenever someone speaks to me, at the airport or elsewhere, the question often comes up: 'Do you know how Michael is doing? Do you know what's going on now?'

"I always say the same thing: I don't ask the family at all.

"I absolutely respect the fact that they only gave very sparse information, and I think that's right.

"I notice from these questions that people are still interested and that they still share in his fate."

Schumacher family lawyer, Felix Damm, recently explained why there was a lack of 'final report' on the Formula One legend.

He says it's down to protecting the former Ferrari driver from media intrusion.

“It was always about protecting private things,” Damm told German outlet LTO.

“We considered whether a final report about Michael’s health could be the right way to do this.

“But that wouldn’t have been the end of it and there would have had to be constantly updated ‘water level reports’ and it would not have been up to the family when the media interest in the story stopped.

“They [the media] could pick up on such a report again and again and as ‘and what does it look like now?’ one, two, three months or years after the message.

"If we then wanted to take action against this reporting, we would have to deal with the argument of voluntary self-disclosure.

“If it is not the person concerned himself but friends or acquaintances who disclose private information, it is not a case of ‘voluntary self-disclosure’ of privacy.

“Therefore, the data subject can defend himself against disclosure of private circumstances even if the information comes from an acquaintance.”

Schumacher's brother, Ralf, said 'life isn't fair' when recently asked about his sibling.

“Sometimes life isn’t fair, unfortunately. We have to accept it,” Ralf said.

“When I see his [Michael’s] kids, Gina-Maria and Mick, my heart smiles.


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Michael Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing in France in 2013


"If anyone in the family seeks my advice, I’m there. They’re making their way.”

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