Friday will mark 10 years since Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.
And German’s brother Ralf has appealed for people to respect the family’s privacy as the anniversary of the tragic incident approaches.
Schumacher retired from Formula One just a year before in 2013 after going on holiday in the French Alps.
The 54-year-old traveled abroad with his family, including wife Corinna and son Mick.
Michael Schumacher’s brother Ralf urges F1 icon’s privacy to be respected
However, tragedy struck when Schumacher lost his way and hit his head on a rock.
Not much is known about the 54-year-old man and his condition after so many years, the family prefers to keep the details under wraps.
And Schumacher’s brother Ralf has now urged fans to leave the family alone despite wanting updates.
“I sometimes wish there was a little more peace for the family, so that people wouldn’t ask so many questions,” he told Sky Germany.
“I believe Michael enjoyed his time in the public eye and it was all very well for him and I believe entire generations have followed him into motorsport.
“But, after so long, it’s time to understand that you need privacy, even if it’s a dramatic experience.
“It always surprises me how many people think about Michael and that’s nice.
“But some people still move too far and too close to family.”
In a separate interview with BILD, Ralf also admitted that he misses his brother.
“I miss my Michael from that time,” the 48-year-old confessed.
“Life is unfair sometimes.
“Michael was lucky many times in his life, but then a tragic accident happened.
“Fortunately, modern medicine has made it possible to do some things, but still, nothing is the same as before.”
Schumacher is one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.
He won seven titles during his time in the sport, a feat that has only been matched by Lewis Hamilton.
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Yet it appears that Schumacher’s hopes of recovering from his injuries are growing dimmer with each passing year.
Schumacher used to smoke cigars with journalist Roger Benoit.
And Benoit said earlier this year that the F1 legend was ‘a case without hope’.
When asked if he was able to provide an update on Schumacher and his condition, Blick said, “No.”
“There’s only one answer to that question and it’s the one his son Mick gave in one of his rare interviews in 2022: ‘I’d do anything to talk to dad.’
Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public since a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013
“This sentence tells everything about what his father has been going through for more than 3500 days. A case without hope.”
Benoit was referring to comments made by Schumacher’s son Mick.
Last year, the 24-year-old said: “I think dad and I will understand each other differently now.
“We would have so much more to talk about and most of the time my mind would be thinking how great it would be.
“I would give up everything for him.
“I believe that the moments that many people had with their parents no longer exist, or to a lesser extent.”