Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna “runs the family” since his accident, according to a former Ferrari boss.
Jean Todt, who is now the President of the FIA, credits the German’s wife for playing a crucial role in his slow recovery.
Schumacher is a seven-time F1 champ, a record he currently shares with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
He retired from the sport in 2012 before suffering a horrific ski accident in December 2013, leaving him with severe head injuries. He has not been seen in public since.
Now Todt, 75 has said the racing legend is still alive thanks to the work of the doctors and Corinna, 52, who 'wanted him to survive'.
Todt told Sport Bild: “I've spent a lot of time with Corinna since Michael had his serious skiing accident on December 29, 2013. She is a great woman and runs the family.
“She hadn't expected that. It happened suddenly and she had no choice. But she does it very well. I trust her, she trusts me."
He added: “Thanks to the work of his doctors and the cooperation of Corinna, who wanted him to survive, he survived – but with consequences.
“And right now you are fighting the consequences. We hope that things will slowly but surely improve.”
He has a soft spot for Schumacher’s son Mick, who is now driving for Haas.
He said: “Mick is one of those people who [will] always have a special place in my heart and that of my wife Michelle Yeoh.
“The Schumacher family is very special to us. I wrote a great story with Michael and built a wonderful relationship. And then the children were there.”
Todt, who oversaw five of Schumacher's seven titles as team principal of Ferrari, revealed in May how he still visits the German racer twice a month.
He will also be one of the contributors in a new documentary about Schumacher's life to be released on Netflix next month.
Entitled ‘Schumacher’, it is the first film to be supported by the Ferrari legend's family and will give unique insights into his life.
Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said: "Michael Schumacher has redefined the professional image of a racing driver and has set new standards.
"In his quest for perfection, he spared neither himself nor his team, driving them to the greatest successes.
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"He is admired all over the world for his leadership qualities. He found the strength for this task and the balance to recharge at home, with his family, whom he loves idolatrously."
She continued: “In order to preserve his private sphere as a source of strength, he has always rigorously and consistently separated his private from his public life.
"This film tells of both worlds. It is his family's gift to their beloved husband and father."
The film is set for release on Netflix on September 15.
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