Michael Schumacher's ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt says the beauty of what the pair have experienced goes on after admitting he sees the Formula One legend at least twice a month.
Schumacher is still in rehabilitation after he suffered a devastating head injury in a skiing accident eight years ago.
The German hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste on the French Alps.
Schumacher, 52, had to undergo two surgeries and was placed in a medically induced coma for six months to help reduce the swelling of his brain.
He was eventually moved to another hospital after coming out of his coma in 2014 and after 250 days was allowed to return to his Lake Geneva home.
Little is known about his current condition, but his former boss at Ferrari still sees the seven-time world champion at least twice a month.
Todt told Italian outlet Corriere della Serra: "I don't leave him alone. Him, [his wife] Corinna, the family – we've had so many experiences together. The beauty of what we have experienced is part of us and it goes on."
Back in September 2020, Todt spoke to PA about his good friend and insisted he is still "fighting".
He said: "I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.
"My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems. But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.
"All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it."
Around a week later leading neurosurgeon Erich Riederer offered his prognosis on Schumacher's condition in a documentary on French TV channel TMC.
He explained the German is likely in a "vegetative state" and not responding to his family.
"I think he's in a vegetative state, which means he's awake but not responding," he said. "He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.
"I think that's the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don't think so."
According to Schumacher's wife Corinna, updates on the F1 star's condition have been few and far between at her husband's own request.
But there has been confirmation that Schumacher is still receiving treatment in the hope that he can one day return to a more normal life.
Todt previously told Ouest France: "I am very discreet on this subject. We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.
"Since then, he has been treated so that he can be able to return to a more normal life."
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