Formula One (F1) legend Michael Schumacher has been on the lips of every racing fan since his accident which left him in coma, a few years ago. However, the 47-year-old is believed to be responding well to medicine.
Don Sergio Mantovani, an ex-Formula One priest has recently revealed some new updates on the 7-time F1 world champion. He said that Schumacher never went to the church, but always believed in God. He is a fighter within and is loved by the Italians.
“Michael is still a hero here (at Maranello). He loved Ferrari and we Italians love him. What we saw as a driver and certainly, what is true still today is that Michael is a fighter; I know he believes in God, but doesn’t go to church.” Mantovani, said, as reported by Wheels 24.
The former priest also mentioned that he knows more about Schumacher than he wants to say. Although, he accepted that he has had no recent contact with the former world champion.
Meanwhile, Felipe Massa, former team-mate of Schumacher has showered his respect on the man from Hürth, West Germany. The Brazilian F1 driver, who announced his retirement from the sport ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix mentioned that the German racing icon had “huge influence” on his career.
“I have decided to announce it here, since Michael announced his retirement here as well. He was a huge influence in my career and a really good friend.” Massa said, according to Express.
Latest health updates on Schumacher is extremely hard to come by as his family has requested a media blackout. This, according to them is to respect the man who always wanted his private life to be separate than his on circuit exploits.
The only update of substance until now has been from Schumacher’s former boss at Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo.
“I’m very pleased to know that he is reacting. I know how strong he is. I’m sure that thanks to his determination — which will be crucial — he will come out from this very, very difficult situation … And I really hope.” Montezemolo said to CNN on May, 2016.
Despite stressing on the word “reacting”, Montezomolo did not elaborate on what he meant by it.
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