“Lost a megastar”: ex-teammate comments on Michael Schumacher

Formula 1 legend Johnny Herbert said everyone had “lost” the absence of “megastar” Michael Schumacher since his tragic skiing accident ten years ago.

Since then, the seven-time world champion has remained hidden from the public as his family maintains strict privacy regarding his condition.

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The 54-year-old was airlifted to hospital in December 2013 while on a ski trip with his son Mick in the French Alps.

However, in the nearly decade that followed, updates on his health were very rare.

Speaking to, Herbert explained the impact of Schumacher’s absence from the circuit.

“We lost a megastar of our sport who brought so much joy to so many people,” said Herbert.

“It was very sad that Mick couldn’t have his father with him and it’s sad that we as the F1 community cannot have him in the paddock.

“It’s a shame. Everyone misses out on learning about the Michael Schumacher we never saw sitting in the cockpit.”

It is understood that even Schumacher’s close friends and family have often been left in the dark about his condition.

But his wife Corinna offered at least one rare update during his Netflix documentary in 2021.

As he continues to undergo rehabilitation for his life-changing injuries, Corinna revealed that Schumacher is “different but here”.

His son Mick has helped snatch some of the limelight from his father since his debut in the F1 World Championship in 2021.

The then 22-year-old drove for the Haas F1 Team and finished 19th overall after 22 races.

The following year he secured an improved 16th place and accumulated 12 points but has not competed since.

When asked if Mick would be able to drive again, Herbert said: “I think Mick Schumacher is in one of those horrible F1 situations that he probably didn’t impress enough when he was with Haas.”

“And that’s what damaged him. And no one will talk about him.”

But alongside his mother, Mick gave an emotional glimpse into his relationship with Michael in the family’s Netflix documentary.

“I think dad and I would understand each other differently now,” said Mick.

“Simply because we speak a similar language – the language of motorsport.

“We would have had a lot more to talk about and that’s where my head is most of the time and I think that would be so cool.”

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

This story first appeared in The sun and has been republished with permission.

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