Bernie Ecclestone speaks about Michael Schumacher’s condition

Bernie Ecclestone says Michael Schumacher ‘is not with us at this moment’ – but declares the F1 legend will ‘answer all the questions’ about his health one day in documentary trailer

  • Trailer for new film about Michael Schumacher shown to audiences at Cannes 
  • Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone shares information about the star’s condition 
  • In the footage, Ecclestone says: ‘He is not with us at the moment. But when he gets better, he’ll answer all the questions’ 
  • Driver has not been seen since he suffered head injuries in a ski accident in 2013 

Bernie Ecclestone has shared a brief insight into Michael Schumacher’s condition in the trailer for a new documentary film about the Formula 1 driver’s life.

In a trailer for ‘Schumacher’, shown to audiences at Cannes, the F1 boss says: ‘He is not with us at the moment. But when he gets better, he’ll answer all the questions.’ 

Schumacher has not been seen since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013, and updates on his condition are rare.

It is thought he is receiving round-the-clock care at a medical suite which has been set up in his Switzerland home.

Bernie Ecclestone has said he believes Michael Schumacher will recover from head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in a new trailer for a documentary about the driver’s life (file)

The film is due to be released in Germany this year, with international rights still in the process of being sold.

Schumacher’s father Rolf, 74, also appears in it, saying: ‘He knew what he wanted as a child. That was no wonder, that was the skill he had worked for himself.’ 

Wife Corinna also speaks in it, saying: ‘Michael is a fighter and will not give up.’ 

In January this year Corinna, who has been helping medical teams nurse her husband back to health, shared a rare update ahead of his 50th birthday.

She wrote on Facebook: ‘We are pleased and wholeheartedly thank you for celebrating Michael’s 50th birthday with him and with us.

‘You can be sure that he is in good hands and we are doing everything humanly possible to help him.

‘Please understand we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as [his] health… in privacy.

Schumacher fell into a coma following the accident in the French Alps in 2013 and has not been seen since. It is thought he is recovering at his home in Switzerland, tended by his wife Corinna (pictured together in 2005)

‘At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy 2019.’

Son Mick has also spoken of his father since he began racing Formula 2 for Ferrari, Michael’s old team, but revealed little about his state of health.

‘The one person I would want to [be like] is my dad,’ he said ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix in May this year.

Asked what it was like to look back over his father’s career, he added: ‘It’s never easy. What my dad did was extraordinary. I appreciate it more every day.’

Mick, then aged 14, was with Michael when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste at the Méribel resort in the French Alps in December 2013.

Michael suffered severe head injuries in the accident and had to be placed in a coma, with doctors saying he was lucky to survive.

Four months after the accident doctors began pulling Schumacher out of the coma, and in June 2014 the process was completed.

He was transferred to a rehabilitation clinic, and in September that year was taken home to continue his recovery in privacy.

Since then, little has been said about his state of health – though lawyer Felix Damm revealed in court in 2016 that Schumacher ‘cannot walk’, as the family sued a German newspaper for reporting otherwise. 

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