One of the most beautiful, professional, and human relationships Formula 1 has ever seen is undoubtedly that between Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher, destined to go down in the history of the sport for the five consecutive Drivers’ Championships they brought to Maranello between 2000 and 2004. The Frenchman is also one of the few people who can have contact with the champion after his terrible accident on the slopes of Meribel, after which the family closed itself off in a shroud of privacy.
The media never miss the opportunity to ask the former Ferrari team principal about the health of Michael Schumacher, but Jean Todt never betrays the trust the family has granted him and never says a word too much. In fact, in response to a question posed by the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa, he said: “Michael is a friend, I consider him part of my family. I visit him regularly, in the past, we watched some GPs on TV. How is he? It’s a private matter. The only thing I say is that I love Michael, I love his family, and it is right to respect their privacy.” – the Frenchman pointed out.
Who can be the next Michael Schumacher?
“Records are made to be broken,” the seven-time champion had said in an old interview, and so it has been. His numbers of victories, pole positions, fastest laps, and laps in the lead seemed impossible to reach, but Lewis Hamilton first and Max Verstappen now are raising the bar higher and higher; the British driver was close to securing a historic eighth title, which was lost with not a few controversies.
In recent years, however, there has been a dominance of the Dutchman on Red Bull that recalls Michael Schumacher’s era with Scuderia Ferrari. Regarding the matter, Jean Todt stated: “Yes, there are similarities. Red Bull has built a winning team with an extraordinary driver, very professional, intelligent in races. A fantastic talent. I am cheering for Charles Leclerc, my son has followed him since he raced in go-karts. He is a great driver and deserves the opportunity to win the title.” – the former Ferrari boss concluded.
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