Former Ferrari F1 boss Jean Todt has revealed that Michael Schumacher is ‘still fighting’ after a ski accident in the French Alps left him unable to walk or speak.
Mr Todt, who now works as the World Automobile Federation (FIA) president, gave an emotional speech about the seven-time F1 champion as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday.
According to the Express, Mr Todt said during the event: ‘We miss Michael. He’s there, still fighting. A fight is going on. Michael is someone very special, someone special for motorsport. He’s special to me, he’s a friend.’
Sabine Kehm, his manager, added: ‘We all know that Michael should be here, and I’m sure he would have loved to. He always had the utmost respect for everyone in this round, he would be very honoured.
‘What made Michael so special, what made him so successful, that was the love of the sport. And that connects him with everyone here. ‘
Schumacher suffered a head injury after falling and hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps in December 2013.
Doctors said at the time that the driver would have died if he wasn’t wearing a helmet.