Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
This milestone comes just days after the announcement of the release of a new documentary on the legend of Formula 1 on Netflix from September 15.
The film, titled “Schumacher”, is the first to be supported by the family of the seven-time World Champion, providing insight into his life through contributions from Corinna, her brother Ralf and children Gina and Mick.
Schumacher’s private and family life has been largely kept away from the public since his devastating ski accident in the French Alps in 2013 left him in a medical coma.
Corinna made a big difference in her life the day her husband suffered a head injury that left him in a coma.
He hit his head against a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps in December 2013 with his son Mick, who was only 14 at the time.
Schumacher, 52, was airlifted to hospital and had to undergo two surgeries while placed in an induced coma for six months to help reduce swelling in his brain.
He was eventually transferred to another hospital after coming out of a coma in 2014 and after 250 days he was allowed to return to his home on Lake Geneva.
Since the couple got married in 1995, Corinna had been forced to adjust to the pace of life imposed by the eventful career of the record seven-time world champion.
Her 2013 accident, and the months of trauma that followed with doctors uncertain if he would ever regain consciousness, turned her from wife and companion to the chief executor of Schumacher’s vast fortune and estate, including its various business interests.
Equestrian champion Corinna has since juggled that responsibility with the more critical issue of overseeing her husband’s medical care.
Their mansion in the Swiss town of Gland on the shores of Lake Geneva was adapted soon after Schumacher’s accident to meet her care needs, with Corinna overseeing renovations to ensure her husband could return from the Lausanne hospital where he had received treatment.
“When it became clear that the old Schumi might never come back, Corinna had to come to terms with her new life. She had to act,” German magazine Bunte reported in 2015.
“She took over her husband’s work and power as a deed of succession. Corinna underwent a remarkable transformation – from his wife to the chieftain, a lady who trained as a saleswoman to the manager of a business for many. million people. business. “
She also made the decision to sell Schumacher’s € 30million private jet and their vacation home in Norway in 2015, after realizing they were unlikely to reuse them.
Corinna also considered selling the family ski chalet in the French resort of Méribel, near where Michael’s horrific accident happened.
According to Corinna, updates on the F1 star’s condition have been scarce at her husband’s request.
But it has been confirmed that Schumacher is still undergoing treatment in the hopes that he can one day return to a more normal life.
Todt had previously told Ouest France: “I am very discreet on this subject. We all know Michael had a very serious accident and unfortunately it took a huge toll on him.
“Since then he has been treated so that he can resume a more normal life.”
As Schumacher continues on the road to recovery, only certain people are allowed to see him.
Luca Badoer, a former colleague of Schumacher at Ferrari, said that only his wife chooses who is allowed to visit.
He said: “Only a few people are allowed to visit Schumacher.
“His wife Corinna decides who is allowed to see him.”
According to Schumacher’s former manager, Willi Weber, Corinna refused visitation requests.
Speaking on an RTL special commemorating his first victory 25 years ago, he said: “I know Michael was badly injured, but unfortunately not the progress he is making in rehab.
“I’d like to know how he’s doing and shake her hand or stroke her face. But unfortunately that is rejected by Corinna.
“She’s probably worried that I’ll immediately recognize what’s going on and make the truth public.”
A new film is now set to take a behind-the-scenes look at Schumacher’s life and career, with the blessings of his family.
The documentary, created by German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons, will feature contributions from Schumacher’s wife Corinna, father Rolf, son Mick and daughter Gina-Maria.
“The film portrays Michael’s impressive career, but also many facets of the complex man,” said Schumacher manager Sabine Kehm.
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“The ruthless and daring Formula 1 driver, the ambitious athlete, the accomplished mechanic with unique technical flair, the reliable team player and a loving family man.”
Schumacher’s driving legacy is now continued by Mick, who is in his first F1 season with Haas.
He shares the track with Lewis Hamilton – the man trying to clinch his eighth world title and break the record he shares with Schumacher.
Discussing following in his father’s footsteps, Mick told Bild: “I agree with that, all questions and comparisons to my father don’t bother me.
“To me he is the all-time best in this sport, to which he has given everything. I don’t see why I should ignore this.”
Recent reports claim that Corinna has now put up for sale the family home in Geneva in which she has lived with Michael since 2002 for £ 5million.