Michael Schumacher's wife, Corinna, has given an extremely rare interview in which she paid tribute to the Formula 1 legend for helping her passion for horse riding.
Corinna, 50, described how Michael had bought her a Swiss ranch for their 10th birthday in 2005, which she still owns and where daughter Gina Schumacher won gold medals.
& # 39; I don't forget who to thank for this. That would be my husband Michael, & she told Mercedes & # 39; She Magazin, in her first published interview since Michael & # 39; s life-changing ski accident in 2013.
Since then, Michael Schumacher has been surrounded by a wall of secrecy, but his son Mick's racing career and Gina's horse exploitation have kept the family in the public eye.
Michael Schumacher & # 39; s wife Corinna has given an extremely rare interview in which she paid tribute to the Formula 1 legend (shown on vacation in Italy in 2005)
Rare interview: Corinna, pictured, described in her first published interview since Michael & # 39; s ski accident how he had bought her a Swiss ranch for their 10th birthday in 2005
Gina also spoke to the magazine and said that Michael Schumacher had once taught her a lesson about the responsibilities of caring for horses.
& # 39; If you drive a car, you can then put it in the garage. But a horse needs to be cared for all the time, even on Sundays, he apparently said.
Schumacher & # 39; s daughter Gina, pictured, also spoke in the interview
Moreover, Michael Schumacher apparently predicted that his daughter would one day surpass Corinna's riding performance.
& # 39; When my husband told me that Gina would one day be much better than me, I wasn't happy & # 39 ;, said Corinna.
& # 39; What do you mean by that? I work from & # 39; early in the morning until & # 39; late at night and try to learn everything, & she replied at the time.
Michael Schumacher said that Corinna & # 39; too nice & # 39; while Gina & # 39; sometimes could say no & # 39 ;.
Corinna currently has 40 horses and said Michael would brag about how he would drive out of stables and drive trucks to help his wife.
& # 39; When I was 30 and I dreamed about having a horse, he flew me to Dubai to look at an Arabian horse, & # 39; she said.
Gina has since won a gold medal with the German team this year at the Reining European Championships in Switzerland.
Michael and Corinna Schumacher are shown together in Frankfurt in 2012, the year before the Formula 1 legend had a life-changing ski accident
Schumacher won his first two championships with Benetton (shown at the Pacific Grand Prix in Japan in 1995) before moving to Ferrari
Corinna will open up further in a documentary about the Formula 1 legend that will be released later this year.
The film, simply titled Schumacher, is supported by the family and is expected to go to cinemas in Germany and Switzerland in December this year.
His father Rolf, 73, will also appear, but Michael Schumacher himself is not expected in the film.
Producers say the film is being made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Schumacher – which expired in January – and the 25th anniversary of its first world title in 1994.
Schumacher & # 39; s manager Sabine Kehm said: & # 39; Michael & # 39; s excellent career deserves a celebration 25 years after the first of his seven world titles.
& # 39; We are very happy that this film is in such sensitive and ambitious hands. & # 39;
The medical condition of Schumacher has been a well-kept secret since he fell and hit his head while skiing in the French Alps more than five years ago.
He has not been seen in public since the accident in December 2013.
Michael and Corinna Schumacher in 2011 in the United Arab Emirates – where he once took her to see an Arabian horse
Mick Schumacher, 20, took his first official ride in a Formula 1 car earlier this year when, after the race, he took a test drive for Ferrari, his father's old team, in Bahrain
Schumacher is believed to receive medical care in the parental home near Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
He won his first championship in 1994 with Benetton before retaining his title in the subsequent campaign.
In a rare update on the occasion of his birthday, the family said in January: & # 39; You can be sure that he is in the best hands and that we are doing everything we can to help him.
& # 39; Please understand if we follow Michael's wishes and keep a sensitive subject such as health in privacy as always.
& # 39; At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019. & # 39;
The German then moved to Ferrari, where he began to dominate the sport before he called his career in 2006.
He returned to the grid with Mercedes in 2009, but went through a largely disappointing three-season period.
His son Mick hopes to follow his father's success and made his competitive Formula 2 debut earlier this year.
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