It has been more than two years now, but to many, hope remains. As long as Michael Schumacher remains on the road to recover, many believe it is still possible for the racing legend to return to his old, adventurous self. In fact, those cheering him on include two of his former Ferrari bosses Luca Di Montezemolo and Jean Todt.
To this day, the name Schumacher is as recognizable in Scuderia Ferrari as the day when he first signed on with the team back in 1996. The German would have a long and exceptionally successful career and part of the reason for his success are the guidance and support of both Di Montezemolo and Todt.
During a recent interview with CNN, Di Montezemolo said that Schumacher is arguably the “most important driver” in all of Ferrari’s Formula 1 history. He added, “He was an important member of the family and for me it’s difficult to separate Michael as a driver from Michael as a friend.”
On the track, Schumacher had always been all about going for the win. He drove amazingly and competitively, even when track conditions are extremely wet. In fact, no one has arguably driven better in the rain than the seven-time world champion. He excelled at it, so much so that he would gain a lot of track of advantage from the other cars racing against him the moment he was on a wet set-up. He drove like a champion, even in the rain.
At the same time, his determination to be the best driver he could be was also evident to his former boss and current FIA president Jean Todt. In fact, Todt recalled, “I remember every new year before the championship started he was always asking me to do private testing alone to make sure he was still a good driver. This is a demonstration of how he was.”
Schumacher had gone on to become a Ferrari consultant following his retirement from the team back in 2006. Just three years later, though, he decided to have a go at the track again and decided to join Mercedes in 2010, which was headed by his former boss Ross Brawn. And in 2012, he decided to take off his driver’s helmet for good. The following year, the unthinkable happened.
While on a holiday in the French Alps, the seven-time world champion suffered a serous accident that left him with “severe brain injuries.” He was initially placed in a medically induced coma following the accident, but months later, Schumacher regained consciousness. In September last year, Schumacher had returned to his home to continue with his recovery.
With regards to the former Ferrari driver’s current condition, Di Montezemolo would only say, “I’m very pleased to know that he is reacting.
“I know how strong he is.”