Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt says Michael Schumacher and his family are “working towards” the Formula 1 legend’s first public appearance in seven years.
Seven-time world champion Schumacher continues to recover from the brain injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013, after which he has withdrawn from public life as his condition has been kept as a closely guarded secret.
Todt – the former team principal at Ferrari who now works as President of the FIA, F1’s governing body – told the Mail on Sunday that he paid a visit to see Schumacher as he continues to recover in Geneva, Switzerland.
“I saw Michael last week,” said the Frenchman.
“He is fighting. I hope the world will be able to see him again. That is what he and his family are working towards.”
When reflecting on the German’s legacy in the sport, Todt refused to claim Schumacher as the best ever F1 driver.
“I love Michael,” he continued.
“But it is impossible to say who is the best ever. There is Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna and Michael.
“You can only think in terms of who is the best in a certain generation.”
Lewis Hamilton could match Schumacher’s record of seven world titles this season, but Todt insists that would matter little when it comes to the German’s legacy.
“I know it can happen that Lewis beats Michael’s record as the most-titled driver in history. All the ingredients are there with Mercedes for him to do that. I honestly don’t mind,” he continued.
“I remember in 2000 when I was on the podium in Suzuka with Michael after he won his first title with Ferrari and I said to him that our lives would never be the same again.
“We had achieved all we wanted. After an accident like the one Michael has had, does it matter whether Lewis has won more?”