On the eve of Ferrari's 1,000th race, their former boss Jean Todt has revealed he saw Michael Schumacher last week and says the seven-time Formula One world champion is fighting to overcome the devastating injuries that he suffered following a skiing accident on the French Alps in December 2013.
After the incident, Schumacher’s condition has been kept a closely guarded secret.
Speaking with PA, Todt said that he's one of the very few people to see the 51-year-old at his Lake Geneva home, having worked closely with the German driver on five of his seven title wins.
"I saw Michael last week. He is fighting. My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems. But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too. All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it."
As for Schumacher's world title record, Lewis Hamilton will move to within just one win of the German's all-time win tally if he's victorious this Sunday at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
Before the race starts, Schumacher's son Mick will drive his father's title-winning 2004 car around the track.
Schumacher's son will drive the F2004, the car which his father drove to his seventh world title, in a “fitting tribute to the Scuderia’s most successful car and its incomparable driver”.
Mick Schumacher is currently racing a step below the top level in F2, but he's being targeted by several teams for 2021 and beyond.