Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna revealed in tears that she is “different” since her head injury and that she “misses him every day”.
She gave an emotional interview for the new Netflix documentary Schumacher in which she recounts the details of the F1 legend’s horrific skiing accident and her home life in the eight years that followed.
Corinna, 52, says in the film: “I never blamed God for what happened. It was truly misfortune – all misfortunes in life can happen to anyone.
“It’s always awful when you say, ‘Why is this happening to Michael or us? But then why does this happen to other people?”
Fighting back tears, Corinna continued: “Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him.
“It’s the kids, the family, his father, everyone around him.
“I mean, everyone misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I guess.”
In another moving clip she says: “I think she is very strong mentally. Extremely strong.
“He still shows me how strong he is every day.”
Discussing their family life, Corina said: “We are together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything possible to make Michael better and make him comfortable.
“And just to make him feel like our family, our bond.
“No matter what, I’ll do everything I can. We all will.”
And she adds: “We try to run a family as Michael liked and still does. And we’re moving on with our lives.
“‘Private is private’, as he always said. It is very important to me that he continues to enjoy his personal life as much as possible.
Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael
“Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael.”
Seven-time F1 champion Shui suffered a near-fatal head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on December 29, 2013.
Updates on his health in his later years are scarce, but the family has spent £20 million on round-the-clock care at their homes in Switzerland and Majorca.
Jean Todt, a close friend and his former boss at Ferrari, said this week he would “slowly and surely improve” while offering hope to millions of his fans.
In the 2019 update, Schumacher was reported to be making “good progress” as well as “struggling to communicate”.
The Netflix documentary includes family home videos and interviews with Shui’s father and grown children Gina-Maria and Mick.
Racing driver Mick, now in his first season in F1 with the Haas team, talks about his sadness at not being able to talk about it with his father.
He says: “Since the accident [family] experiences, these moments that I believe many people do not exist with their parents, or to some degree, and I think that is a bit unfair.
“I think Dad and I, now we’ll understand each other differently because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport, and we’ll have a lot more to talk about.
“And that’s where my head is most of the time, thinking it’s going to be great. I’ll give up everything for it.”