After conversation with son Mick, Eddie Jordan gives the media an update on Michael Schumacher. How is Michael Schumacher actually doing? There has hardly been a cogent answer to this question within the last decade. Now, former Formula One team boss Eddie Jordan has given at least a little insight into the health of the record-breaking F1 world champion, who disappeared from the public eye over nine years ago, and revealed what he has learned from conversations with Schumi’s son Mick.
On 29 December 2013, the lives of Michael Schumacher and his family changed. At that time, the Formula One icon fell heavily during a skiing excursion, landing with his head on a small rock. Schumacher’s helmet broke, the German suffered serious brain injuries and was in a coma for a long time.
Since then, Schumacher has been living in Switzerland, isolated from the outside world. His family only allows very few people access to the 54-year-old. Even Eddie Jordan, the man who helped Schumacher make his Formula 1 debut in 1991 in Belgium with Team Jordan, is not allowed to get close to Schumacher.
But Jordan has a close connection to Mick Schumacher, the son of the F1 legend. Mick had last approached him when the young German’s career with the US team Haas was going nowhere.
Mick talks about his dad to Eddie
“I was totally touched by that, and that’s because it’s certainly not easy when you know your father can’t be part of your family,” Jordan told English betting portal olbg.com of the conversation with Mick, which was about his father.
“He’s there, but he’s not there,” the 74-year-old explained, referring to Schumacher senior’s state of health.
Son Mick had nevertheless spoken highly of his father. “That touched me quite a bit because I felt so much for Michael,” Jordan said. At the time, he had done everything to give Schumacher “his first chance at Spa”, the ex-team boss added.
Love for Schumacher “still lasts”
“It didn’t last long, but that love for him still lasts and always will as long as I can still breathe,” Jordan continued of the eventual record world champion, who after his impromptu stint as a reserve driver moved to Benetton after just one race, where he would spend the next few years
Schumacher’s son Mick, meanwhile, has to take a break for the time being after two years in Formula 1. The 23-year-old is currently “only” a reserve driver at Mercedes.
“He’s been dropped for someone else and that’s a tough decision,” Jordan said of Schumacher junior’s exit from Haas.
“He’s got a big fight on his hands now to come back and make a name for himself and move up again,” Jordan continued. But, “I’m pretty sure he’s going to make it.”
According to Jordan, Mick was not named after his father Michael – as many think – but after one of Schumacher’s role models, five-time motorbike world champion Mick Doohan. “As a sign of respect, Michael Schumacher named his son Mick,” Jordan revealed.