MICHAEL Schumacher is “fighting” to recover six years on from the horror ski accident that left him with a severe brain injury, his ex-boss at Ferrari revealed.
Best pal Jean Todt, 74, is among just a handful of visitors to see the 51-year-old — who is being cared for in Switzerland by his wife Corinna and their two children Gina-Marie and Mick.
Frenchman Todt oversaw five of Schumacher’s seven titles when he was team principal for Ferrari.
He said: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.
“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.
“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.
“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”
Schumacher’s health has been shrouded in secrecy since he suffered the near-fatal brain injury in 2013 when he fell and cracked his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps.
Despite wearing a helmet, Schumacher’s injuries were so severe he was placed into a medically-induced coma.
But although the Ferrari icon is now out of the coma, surgeon Nicola Acciari said earlier this year he would still be unrecognisable from the megastar the world remembers.
He told Italian newspaper Contro Copertina: “We must imagine a person very different from the one we remember on the track, with a very altered and deteriorated organic, muscular and skeletal structure.”
Acciari, who works for a hospital in Bologna, is not reported to have treated the sporting superstar.
Last year it was revealed Michael’s former boss at Ferrari revealed he is making progress in his recovery and enjoys watching F1 races on TV.
Yesterday it emerged that Schumacher’s son Mick is in line to make his Formula One debut at this weekend’s Tuscan Grand Prix, according to reports.
As the son of Ferrari legend Michael, big things are expected of the 21-year-old while he fights for the Formula 2 title.