Michael Schumacher is able to watch Formula 1 races.
Michael Schumacher is able to watch Formula 1 races.

‘He’s fighting’: Schumacher’s big update

MICHAEL Schumacher is making progress in his recovery and enjoys watching F1 races on TV, his former boss at Ferrari has revealed.

Jean Todt, one of the racing ace's closest mates, provided F1 fans a rare update during an interview with Radio Monte-Carlo.

Todt said Schumacher has been making good progress, and the pair have watched F1 on TV.

He added: "I'm always careful with such statements, but it's true. I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland."

While declining to provide too much detail on Schumacher's health, out of respect for his family, Todt said: "Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house.

"He does not give up and keeps fighting."

Todt has admitted, though, that his pal's struggle to communicate has saddened him.

Michael Schumacher is being cared for by his family and medical professionals.
Michael Schumacher is being cared for by his family and medical professionals.

He said: "His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship cannot be the same as it once was.

"Just because there's no longer the same communication as before.

"He continues to fight. And his family is fighting the same way."

Todt - now the head of motorsport's governing body FIA - regularly visits Schumacher in Switzerland.

He and F1's managing director Ross Brawn, who worked with Schumacher on all seven of his F1 titles, are both very close friends with the star and continue to spend time with him.

Schumacher turned 50 on January 3 but has not been seen in public since a skiing accident in the French Alps five years ago, which left him with severe head injuries and in a medically-induced coma.

He hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet.

Doctors at Grenoble hospital removed blood clots, but others were left untouched because they were too deeply embedded in his brain.

With unsourced stories abounding, updates on his condition went from scarce to non-existent as his family closed ranks around him.

Schumacher was injured while skiing.
Schumacher was injured while skiing.

In line with the family's bid to keep the star's condition out of the public arena, Todt said: "It's something very private."

But, he added, Schumacher is being "very well taken care of; he lives with his family in his house between Geneva and Lausanne.

He said: "In the end, only positive thoughts help him.

"I and his whole family are positive in the mental sense, despite the circumstances."

Todt rarely speaks publicly about Schumacher.

According to the Scuderia Ferrari Club's website, during Schumacher's time working alongside Todt, his former boss once said: "I'm very attached to Michael.

"He's never been an easy person to give his friendship, [but he did] with me, and these things create very strong relationships - friendship and affection for good."

In January this year, Ross Brawn reiterated the need for Schumacher to be shielded from the media spotlight.

Brawn said: "I am constantly in touch with (Schumacher's wife) Corinna and I totally agree with their decision.

Michael Schumacher’s son Mick is doing the family proud.
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick is doing the family proud.

"Michael has always been a very private person."

An official documentary film about the legend, 'Schumacher', completed with the blessing of his family, will be released later this year.

It features rare interviews with his dad Rolf, Corinna, his kids Gina and Mick, and others who have worked with or raced against him during his impressive career.

- This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission