‘Pictures of him hang everywhere in my offices. The time we spent together will be remembered as the best of my life’: Former Ferrari chief Jean Todt comes close to tears as he opens up on relationship with Michael Schumacher
- Former Ferrari chief Jean Todt paid an emotional tribute to Michael Schumacher
- Todt came close to tears as he opened up about his close friendship with him
- He said: ‘We love each other because we wrote an incredible story together’
- The Frenchman was speaking after collecting a Lifetime Achievement Award
Jordan Seward For Mail Online
Michael Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari, Jean Todt, almost broke down in tears as he discussed the pair’s close relationship.
Todt, a former Ferrari team principal, was visibly emotional as he opened up about his friendship with Schumacher after collecting a Lifetime Achievement Award from German magazine Auto Bild.
Schumacher, who enjoyed a successful spell at Ferrari with Todt during his driving career, suffered life-changing head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013 whilst on holiday with his son in Meribel.
Ex-Ferrari chief Jean Todt almost broke down in tears as he spoke about Michael Schumacher
The 49-year-old suffered life-changing head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago
The 49-year-old continues to be treated at home in Switzerland, with official updates on his condition exceedingly rare. Only friends and close relatives have been allowed to visit him.
Upon accepting his award on Friday, Todt said: ‘Pictures of him hang everywhere in my offices and apartments. The time with Michael will always be remembered as the best of my life.
‘We love each other because we wrote an incredible story together. And because we always stuck together in difficult times.’
Todt and Schumacher developed a strong bond during a successful period together at Ferrari
The Frenchman visited Schumacher after his accident and still sees him ‘twice a month’
Years in F1: 1991-2006, 2010-2012
Teams: Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes
World championships: Seven – 1994, 1995 (Benetton), 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (Ferrari)
Todt, who was being honoured for his for his life’s work as Peugeot sports director, Ferrari team principal and FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) president visits Schumacher at his home in the Swiss town of Gland, overlooking Lake Geneva ‘a minimum of twice a month’.
Earlier this year, the F1 legend’s ‘close relatives’ updated French magazine Paris Match on his condition.
One relative said: ‘When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries.’
Schumacher’s lawyer Felix Damm also confirmed that he ‘cannot walk’ in 2016.