How is Michael Schumacher's health, what is his new documentary about, and what's his net worth?

MICHAEL Schumacher suffered a horrific brain injury which left him in a medically induced coma six years ago.

Since then, very little about the Formula One driver's recovery has been revealed. Here's what we do know.

When was the Mirabel skiing accident?

The seven-time world champion was placed in a medically-induced coma following a skiing accident on December 29, 2013.

Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing in the exclusive French Alps resort of Mirabel, suffering a traumatic brain injury.

He was wearing a helmet when the accident happened just off piste, between two ski runs.

The sporting icon reportedly received £115k-a-week care at a special medical facility at his Lake Geneva home, costs which are now expected to have exceeded £20m.

What is the new Michael Schumacher documentary about?

A trailer for a feature-length documentary called Schumacher will debut at Cannes Film Festival 2019.

The film will feature interviews with Schumacher's family and never-before-seen footage of the legend at home with his family, before and after the accident.

Schumacher's 73-year-old father Rolf will be interviewed by award-winning filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons, according to The Times.

The film will also feature interviews from his wife Corinna and the couple's two children Gina, 22, and Mick, 20.

Scenes from the family's villa in Mallorca documenting the F1 legend's 50th birthday in January 2019 will also be shown.

The trailer for the biopic is hoping to attract interest from big streaming companies such as Amazon or Netflix.

It is set to be released in Germany and Switzerland in December 2019, but global rights are up for grabs.

How is Michael Schumacher doing?

It is claimed Formula One legend Schumacher is "not bed-ridden or surviving on tubes", as new details about his recovery emerged in December 2018.

Schumacher is receiving £50,000-a-week medical care while being treated in his home – not at a specialised hospital in a Swiss chateau.

But he may be secretly moved to a specialist brain injury clinic in the US, according to reports from his homeland.

German magazine Bravo claims medics are preparing to transfer the much-loved sports star to a leading medical centre in Dallas, Texas.

According to the Daily Mail, Mark Weeks, the director of the unnamed clinic, told the magazine: "We have a lot of experience with patients who are suffering this kind of trauma.

"There is probably no clinic in Europe that treats as many cases as we do."

Late in 2018 the personal secretary of Benedict XVI, Georg Gänswein spoke to German magazine Bunte about Schumacher's condition.

The German archbishop revealed he paid the record-breaking driver a visit, but didn't give many hints as to his overall health.

He said: “I sat in front of him, I touched him with both hands, and I looked at him. His face, as we all know, is the typical face of Michael Schumacher; only that it has become a little more puffy.

“He feels that around him there are people who love him, who care about him and, thank God, keep the curious public away."

In January 2019 as he turned 50, Ferrari opened the Michael 50 exhibition celebrating his life.

What has his family said?

In November 2017, Michael's daughter Gina-Maria posted an inspirational message urging his fans to keep their hope alive.

She wrote on Instagram: "There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved #keepfighting."

On August 9, 2018, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher’s son Mick shared memories of his dad after snapping up his first victory.

The 19-year-old Prema Theodore Racing driver had just claimed his first ever win in European Formula 3 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium – his dad’s favourite track.

Speaking about his victory with Mobil 1 The Grid, the young racer said the track brought him many happy memories as it was often labelled “the living room of my dad”.

And later that month on August 24, 2018,  reports in France emerged alleging that Michael is able to show emotion.

His wife Corrina, Gina-Maria and her brother Mick have rarely spoken out about his condition.

However, the star's former manager Willi Weber said in October 2017: "I find it very unfortunate that Michael's fans do not know about his health. Why are they not being told the truth?"

In 2016 his team were forced to deny claims in a German magazine that he was now able to walk with the aid of therapists.

In 2018 a letter that wife Corinna sent to a German musician was revealed describing her husband as a "fighter".

Corinna said: "I would like to sincerely thank you for your message and nice gift that will help us through this difficult time.

“It is good to receive so many kind wishes and other well-intentioned words – which is a great support for our family.

"We all know Michael is a fighter and will not give up."

It was written as a reply to Hamburg bandleader Sascha Herchenbach who had sent the family a recording of a new song named Born To Fight.

He had composed the track in the months after the tragic accident

Mr Herchenbach, 38, revealed the contents of the letter in an interview with German magazine Bunte in November 2018.

What were Michael Schumacher's achievements?

The most decorated Formula One driver in history, Michael holds the records for the most career wins, the most wins in a season and the most career pole positions.

He won seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums

He also holds the accolade of having the most consecutive world championships and the most consecutive race wins.

He started off his career at Jordan in 1991 before moving to Benetton until 1995 then on to Ferrari until his 2006 retirement.

He returned from 2010-2012 with Mercedes.

What is Michael Schumacher's net worth?

His F1 success, alongside a number of high paid endorsements, made Michael one of  the highest paid sportsmen in the world.

Latest figures suggest his net worth stands at just under £600million ($780 million).


Who is Michael Schumacher married to and who are his children?

Michael married Corinna in August 1995 in Germany.

A keen horsewoman, Corinna won the European Championship in western style horse riding in 2010 and she is also an avid dog lover and animal rights activist.

The pair have two children together.

Gina-Maria was born in 1997 and is now a micro-cart driver — while their formula racing son Mick was born in 1999.

Family spokesperson Sabine Kehm has said: "What can be said is that the family really appreciates the empathy of the fans.

"The people really do see and understand (his health situation) is not to be shared in the public eye."

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