Friend lets slip ‘very sad’ truth about Michael Schumacher

A former teammate and friend of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has opened up on the devastating loss the motorsport world suffered following Schumacher’s tragic skiing accident 10 years ago.

Updates on the condition of the seven-time world champion have been rare since his accident in which he suffered a serious head injury, as Schumacher’s family continue to remain private regarding details about his recovery.

In a new interview with, former Formula One driver-turned-pundit Johnny Herbert said “everyone loses out” following Schumacher’s continual absence from motorsport.

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“We have lost a mega-star of our sport who gave so much enjoyment to a lot of people,” Herbert said.

“It was very sad that Mick (Schumacher’s son) couldn’t have his dad around and it is sad that we as an F1 community don’t have him around the paddock.

“It is a shame. Everyone loses out on learning about the Michael Schumacher we never saw when he was in the cockpit.”

Michael Schumacher and Johnny Herbert celebrate after the 1995 Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Getty Images

Mick revealed last year in a Netflix documentary that his dad cannot talk, providing a rare update about his father’s condition.

“I think Dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now, simply because we speak a similar language – the language of motorsport,” he explained.

“We would have had much more to talk about and that is where my head is most of the time, thinking that would be so cool.

“That would be it. I would give up everything just for that. Yes.”

Jean Todt, who was the Ferrari team principal during Schumacher’s successful reign, revealed he visited Schumacher often and said his accident had “consequences”.

“Let’s leave him alone,” Todt said last April.

“We respect the privacy wishes of Corinna (Schumacher’s wife) and her children, although we know of course that the accident had consequences. But anyone who says he knows something, knows nothing.

Michael and Corinna Schumacher back in 2004. Credit: Getty Images

“I always go to see him. He and his family are my family.”

Mick made his Formula 1 debut in 2021 for the American Haas team, however, after a difficult two years with the team, he was sacked at the end of the 2022 season and is currently a reserve driver for Mercedes.

“I think Mick Schumacher is in one of those horrible F1 situations that he probably did not impress enough when he was at Haas,” Herbert explained.

“Because of that, he is damaged and no one is going to talk about him.”

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