Corinna Schumacher, wife of legendary racer Michael Schumacher, has been referred to as “a prisoner” by former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan.
Ever since his skiing accident in December 2013, information about Michael’s health has been scarce to say the least.
This is largely due to Michael’s own wishes and it is something that both his wife Corinna and son Mick have followed.
Jordan had famously given Michael his F1 debut at Jordan Grand Prix in 1991. He paid respect to how discreet Corinna and Mick have been in what is undeniably a very difficult situation for the family.
“This was the most horrific situation for Mick and Corinna,” Jordan told The Sun.
“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.”
Jordan lavished praise on Corinna for the manner in which she has handled her husband’s ailment.
There is a very strict monitoring of the people who can meet Michael in his current state, with only Jean Todt believed to be close enough to the family to spend significant time with them.
Jordan himself was denied permission to meet the German after his accident, but he saw why Corinna did this.
“Privacy is such a vital aspect to sport, business and your personal life,” Jordan said.
“Corinna has set out some rules, I know her very well and a long time before Michael Schumacher.
“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.
“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.
“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’.”
Schumacher enjoyed a highly successful career in F1 and is till date tied with Hamilton for most championship wins by a driver (7).
Michael is best remembered for his time with Ferrari, where he spent some of his best years. He eventually ended his racing career at Mercedes.