Lewis Hamilton breaks Michael Schumacher’s win record
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Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt has opened up about his relationship with the German and his family, and revealed that he still visits the seven-time world champion twice a month.
Schumacher and Todt were a formidable force in the 90s, and helped Ferrari to one of the most successful and dominant eras ever seen in Formula One history.
Since his ski accident in the French Alps in 2013, the family have chosen to keep much of Schumacher’s condition private.
But, speaking to Italian outlet Corriere della Serra, Todt said that he sees Schumacher “at least twice a month”.
“I don’t leave him alone,” Todt said.
“Him, Corinna, the family — we’ve had so many experiences together. The beauty of what we have experienced is part of us and it goes on.”
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The subject was approached after Todt mentioned the German when asked what he plans to do once his time as FIA president finishes come the end of the year.
“I have plenty of commitments,” Todt said.
“Road safety for the UN, president of Aung San Suu Kyi’s foundation, and then the International Peace Institute.
“I’m on the boards of banks, cinemas and hotels. And I am proud to have created the Brain and Spinal Cord Research Institute, to which Michael Schumacher contributed.”
Todt was also asked about his thoughts on the current set-up at Ferrari, after they suffered one of their worst seasons in F1 history last season.
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But with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr at the wheels, they’ve turned around their fortunes so far this season, even sealing pole and a podium at Monaco.
“They need the whole package,” he said. “Car, engine, chassis, aerodynamics. You have to have everything at the highest level. A few thousandths of a second can decide.
“I admire Mercedes’ dominance, even if I don’t like it and I’d like more competition but for eight years the team and Hamilton have always been on the ball.
“They could have relaxed and it didn’t happen. Their motivation and hunger are absolute.
“I would prefer more teams and more drivers involved but I’ll say it again… F1 and motor racing need a strong Ferrari.”
Speaking of Michael’s son, Mick, who is now racing for Haas at the back of the grid in his rookie season alongside Nikita Mazepin, Todt admitted he’s being held back by his machinery.
He continued: “Humble and polite. For now, his ambitions are limited by a non-competitive car.”
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