Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna ‘like a prisoner’ protecting F1 legend’s privacy, says friend


A close personal friend of Michael Schumacher has described the F1 legend’s wife Corinna’s life as like that of “a prisoner”.

Corinna Schumacher has had to dedicate much of the past decade of her life to protecting the privacy of the seven-time F1 world champion as he continues to recover from his debilitating ski crash in December 2013.

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Michael Schumacher’s health has been the subject of endless and intense curiosity since the accident, but the notoriously private family, led by Corinna, has opted to remain living their lives as quietly as possible.

Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan, a family friend of the Schumachers’ who handed Michael his start in the sport back in 1991, says it’s been “the most horrific situation” for the family.

Michael and Corinna Schumacher in Japan in 2003. Credit: Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images

“It’s been nearly 10 years now and Corinna has not been able to go to a party, to lunch or this or that – she’s like a prisoner because everyone would want to talk to her about Michael when she doesn’t need reminding of it every minute,” he told The Sun.

Jordan says that he himself was refused a visit by Corinna to see Schumacher under her “family only” rule, to which he took no offence and understood completely.

Corrina Schumacher is understood to have imposed a “family only” rule on visits with Michael

“(Corinna) has set out some rules, I know her very well and a long time before Michael Schumacher,” Jordan continued.

Michael and Corinna Schumacher back in 2004. Credit: Getty

“She’s a lovely girl and I knew her when she married Michael so there is a long history of good relations.

“I made an effort to go see Michael in the early days and Corinna refused, and rightfully so, because too many people wanted to go see him.”

One of the few people who has been allowed to visit the stricken F1 legend is ex-Ferrari boss, Jean Todt.

“Jean Todt was given the privilege to go see him because of how close they were from their time together at Ferrari which is completely understandable,” Jordan said.

“I was not able to go see Michael and they said ‘We love you Eddie and we’ve been involved with you for a very long time, but we do need privacy and safeguard of Michael’.”

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