Ralf Schumacher: “I miss my Michael from back then”

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“I miss my Michael from back then”

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“Before Michael Schumacher, Formula 1 was more of a fringe sport”

Schumacher biographer Karin Sturm speaks in an interview with WELT about the Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher, who has now been honored with the State Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

On December 29, 2013, Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher had a serious accident while skiing. Now his brother Ralf speaks about the accident and its consequences – and finds emotional words.

Ralf Schumacher is still very hurt by his brother Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident. It has now been almost ten years since the Formula 1 champion had a serious crash. “I miss my Michael from back then,” said Ralf Schumacher to the “Bild” newspaper. “Life is sometimes unfair.”

The former Formula 1 driver continues: “Michael had often been lucky in his life, but then this tragic accident happened. Thank God, thanks to modern medical options, we were able to do a lot.” The 48-year-old then adds: “But still, nothing is like it used to be.”

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Michael Schumacher fell while skiing in the French Alps on December 29, 2013. The seven-time Formula 1 world champion suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Since the fall in which Schumacher hit his head on a stone and broke his helmet, the soon-to-be 55-year-old has not appeared in public.

“Very bad and drastic experience”

After the fall, Michael Schumacher fought for days in the Grenoble University Hospital to survive and was in an artificial coma for a long time. Only those closest to him know how he is doing. Nothing ever became public.

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The family protects the Rhineland native’s privacy to this day. Ralf Schumacher also didn’t give any details at “Bild”. “I can say that his accident was a very bad and impactful experience for me too,” he said.

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Reiner Ferling, President of the Michael and Mick Schumacher Fan Club, can understand very well that there has been no information about the condition of the record world champion since the skiing accident. “Michael has always protected his family. Now the family is protecting Michael,” emphasizes the now 71-year-old, who shortly after the accident also installed the “Wall of Hope” to which fans could attach memorabilia.


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