A decade after Michael Schumacher’s tragic skiing accident, brother Ralf Schumacher opens up about the profound impact on their family and Michael’s enduring legacy. His heartfelt tribute, “Miss My Michael From Back Then,” reflects a deep sense of loss and admiration.
- Michael Schumacher’s fall in 2013 had a profound impact on his family, particularly his brother Ralf, and his children, including Mick.
- Ralf Schumacher reflects on the close bond he shared with Michael, who served as both his brother and mentor in their early karting days.
- The Schumacher brothers’ humble beginnings make Ralf even prouder of Michael’s remarkable achievements in Formula 1.
- Despite the advancements in medical treatment, Ralf expresses the deep longing for the Michael he knew from their shared past.
In a heart-wrenching interview nearly ten years after Michael Schumacher’s catastrophic skiing accident in the French Alps, Ralf Schumacher shares his feelings about the event that changed their lives forever. The Schumacher family, known for their privacy, has rarely spoken about the incident or its aftermath. Ralf’s recent conversation with Bild offers a rare and emotional insight into the family’s journey.
Ralf begins by acknowledging the seismic shift the accident caused in their family dynamics. He states, “This fate has changed our family. I can say that his accident was a very bad and drastic experience for me too. But not just for me, for example also for Michael’s children: Mick, as we all know, was there as a young teenager back then. Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair and unfortunately there was a lot of bad luck here too.”
Reflecting on their shared past, Ralf reminisces about their beginnings in motorsport. “Michael is not only my brother, but when he was younger he was also my coach and mentor. He taught me everything about karting… We drove karts together, practiced overtaking, all those things that are important in motorsport. He gave me all the experience he had had in the previous seven years. I was simply allowed to learn from the best.”
Their humble origins in Kerpen, Germany, where they grew up next to a go-kart track, are a testament to their journey and Michael’s incredible rise in Formula 1. “We’ve been very lucky. We basically grew up in the gravel hole next to the go-kart track in Kerpen. When our parents bought the house next door, we initially shared a room and slept on a mattress on the floor because we didn’t have the money for a bed yet. And then Michael became a Mercedes junior racing driver. Even today it is still unbelievable what has emerged from these circumstances,” Ralf recalls.
Despite the progress in medical science, Ralf’s longing for his brother as he was is palpable. “I miss my Michael from back then. Life is sometimes unfair. Michael had often been lucky in his life, but then this tragic accident happened. Thankfully, modern medical options have made it possible to do some things, but still, nothing is like it used to be.”
This interview not only sheds light on the personal impact of Michael Schumacher’s accident on his family but also celebrates the bond and achievements of one of Formula 1’s most legendary figures. As the ten-year mark of the accident approaches, Ralf’s tribute serves as a reminder of Michael’s enduring legacy in the world of motorsport and the hearts of his family and fans worldwide.