It’s been almost five years since Michael Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing with his son, Mick, in the French Alps.
He went into a medically-induced coma after the accident and since then updates have been few and far between, with the German’s family wanting to keep their privacy.
“Michael’s health is not a public issue,” said Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, in 2016. “We have to protect his intimate sphere.
“Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.”
It’s understandable that Schumacher’s family have remained private since the Formula One legend’s life-threatening fall in December 2013
But fans around the world are desperate to know anything about his recovery and overall well-being – and now they’ve been given an update.
A close family member of Schumacher’s has revealed to French magazine Paris Match that the 49-year-old is showing emotions.
UPDATE ON SCHUMACHER
Heartbreakingly, Schumacher “sometimes cries” when he sits in his wheelchair facing out of his home in the town of Gland, overlooking the Lake Geneva.
“When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries,” said the relative, per the Mirror.
Schumacher’s son, Mick, hopes to make his father proud by emulating his success in the sport that made him famous.
“The goal is to win in Formula One that is the aim,” said the 19-year-old. “My dad had a huge influence on my career.
“He was my idol and I am following everything he did and see if I can use it myself and I am really happy with that.
“You still have to show what you can do. That’s my goal. I want to prove that I am a proper racing driver and not only show I have got the same name.”