The F1 legend’s life was turned upside down when he was severely injured in a skiing accident in December 2013. But the horror incident has not changed the star’s close relationship with his family, as revealed by Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm. Ms Kehm, a former journalist who joined Schumacher’s team in 2000, offered a rare insight into the F1 champion’s personality five years after the accident. She said during an episode of podcast Beyond The Grid: “Corinna and Michael were such a perfect couple and they are still a perfect couple if you ask me.
“He was and still is very connected to his family.”
The comments will be a huge boost to fan’s of the stricken star after years of reports in German press about his current state.
Ms Kehm also revealed Schumacher, 50, who broke all the racing records during his 21-year-long career in Formula 1, has shown to the world a very different side of him than the one he reserves to his loved ones.
She said: “Michael has always been a very warm person.
“But he didn’t want that to be seen to the outside because he felt that would kind of take away something of the competitiveness – at least in the outer perception.”
Friends and family members weren’t the only ones touched by Schumacher’s kindness during his racing career, the press officer said.
Schumacher often asked Ms Kehm to find out the birthdays of all people he was working with and make sure they would receive a Christmas and birthday present.
She said: “That was something that was really important to him.
“He knew that he was demanding, but he felt like at least he wanted to reward them in a way.”
The seven-time F1 champion suffered a tragic skiing accident five years ago, after which he was put into a medically-induced coma for six months to avoid potential brain issues.
The Schumacher family has rarely issued official statements regarding the F1 legend’s health state in the past five years.
In December 2016, Ms Kehm explained this behaviour reflects Schumacher’s desire to “draw a clear line between the public and the private”.
She continued: “The decision to protect his privacy from the public has been met in Michael’s interest.”
However, Schumacher’s wife Corinna released a rare statement in January to mark the driver’s 50th birthday.
She said: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands.
“Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.
“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday tomorrow with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together.”
(Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg)