Corinna Schumacher, wife of the injured seven times world champion Michael, has issued her first personal statement since the accident which put her husband in a coma seven months ago.
Writing a message to F1 fans in the official programme for this weekend’s German Grand Prix she thanks them for their support and says that her husband needs time to recover from his horrific head injury,
“This is a message to all of you who have lived a passion for Michael’s sport in all the years together with him, and who have supported him in the past half year off the track as well.
“The German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity to cordially thank you all for the good wishes and positive energy you keep sending to Michael. I have to say your sympathies literally blew up all away! Good to know that together we made it through the hardest time!
“Now we are facing a phase which will presumably take a long time. We trust that – as for so many years in F1 – time will be Michael’s ally in this fight. Until then I would like to wish you and your families all the best as well.”
Schumacher was a great favourite with race crowds in Germany, galvanising huge support during his long career, especially the dominant Ferrari years where tickets for the Grands Prix were sold out well in advance each year and there were even two Grands Prix per season at times to cope with the demand.
Schumacher won the German Grand Prix five times and the European GP at Nurburgring six times.