ex-Schumacher manager slams ex-driver’s family ‘lies’ about his health
Willi Weber, famous for having been the manager of Michael Schumacher, attacks the family of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. He believes he has been sidelined and denounces « lies ».
Willi Weber settles his accounts. Former nightclub owner who became manager of Michael Schumacher, this German businessman returned to his story with the seven-time Formula 1 world champion in an interview given to Gazzetta dello Sport. The opportunity for him to empty his bag by accusing the Schumacher family of having put him aside and of having « lied » about the health of Michael, seriously injured in December 2013 during a skiing accident in Meribel.
« Only Lies »
« It’s a huge pain for me. I tried hundreds of times to contact Corinna (Michael Schumacher’s wife) and she never answered me. I called Jean Todt (family friend and former FIA boss) to ask him if I should go to the hospital and he then told me to wait, that it was too soon. I called the day after (the accident) and no one replied. I did not expect such behavior and I am still angry. They kept me away, telling me that it was too soon, and after that it was too late. It’s been nine years. Maybe they should just tell it like it is, » he said.
Since his tragic accident, Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public and doubts continue to hang over his state of health. His family and loved ones take care to protect him by preserving the secret. « Initially I could understand the situation because I always did everything I could for Michael to protect his privacy. But since then we have heard nothing but lies from them. He was like a son to me Even today it pains me to talk about it, » adds Willi Weber, without saying more about what he considers to be « lies » about the German’s health.
Corinna Schumacher spoke briefly about her husband in a documentary made last year by Netflix. « We try to preserve the family unit that Michael loved so much and that he still loves, she said. And we continue to live our lives. Private life remains private, as he liked to say. He has always watched over us, it is now up to us to watch over him. » The words of his son Mick, now an F1 driver with the Haas team, were also very moving: « I would say that dad and I still understand each other but in a different way. We have this language in common, motorsport. And we always have a lot to say to each other. I think about it almost all the time. I tell myself that it would be so good, I would give everything so that we can talk to each other. »