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FIA Chairman Jean Todt has revealed that he visits his good friend Michael Schumacher twice a month.
Since his skiing accident in 2013, only a select group knows exactly how seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher is doing. Jean Todt, the current president of the FIA, belongs to that group. The Frenchman had the greatest successes at Ferrari together with Schumacher.
Todt has never made it a secret that he visited Schumacher, but he always does so with the necessary discretion. Now he reveals that he visits his good friend twice a month and that he does, despite all the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
“I see Michael at least twice a month,” said Todt in an interview with ‘Corriere della Sera.’ “I never let him down. He, Corinna, the family: we’ve been through so much together. The beauty of what we’ve been through is part of us and it continues. ”
Jean Todt himself was at the helm of Ferrari’s Formula 1 team between 1993 and 2007 and now he is shedding light on the current state of the Scuderia.
“Businesses go through different eras,” he said. “I arrived in July 1993 and the situation in Maranello was dramatic.”
“The car, designed in England, kept breaking down, we had to rent a wind tunnel, and the design offices were empty. The only good thing was the food. ”
Just like then, Todt now sees signs on the wall that the sleeping giant is ready to awaken again.
“I think the will and the means are there. In terms of drivers, Leclerc and Sainz are among the best. ”
“They need the whole package. Cars, engine, chassis, aerodynamics. You have to have everything at the highest level. A few thousandths of a second can be decisive. ”
“I admire Mercedes’ dominance, although I don’t like it and would like more competition, but for eight years the team and Hamilton have always been on the ball,” said the FIA chairman.
“They could have rested on their laurels, but that did not happen. Their motivation and hunger are absolute. ”
“I’d rather see more teams and more drivers join the fray, but F1 and motorsport need a strong Ferrari.”
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