Michael Schumacher news: Wife Corrina issues RARE health update: ‘Michael is a FIGHTER’

The racing driver – who scooped five World Championship titles in his illustrious career – suffered a traumatic brain injury following a skiing accident on 29 December, 2013. Details of Schumacher’s health, who is considered one of the greatest Formula1 drivers of all time, have been sparse, with his immediate family often staying silent on his progress of his treatment. But in the run up to the five-year anniversary of the horrific accident, Schumacher’s wife, Corrina, has thanked well-wishers around the world for supporting the family through “a difficult time”.

Hamburg musician and bandleader Sascha Herchenbach told German magazine Bunte he sent his song, Born to Fight – which was composed a few months after the tragedy – on CD to Mrs Schumacher in order to offer the racing legend’s family hope.

In a heartfelt reply to the musician, Mrs Schumacher wrote in a letter: “I would like to sincerely thank you for your message and nice gift that will help us through this difficult time.

“It is good to receive so many kind wishes and other well-intentioned words – which is a great support for our family.

“We all know Michael is a fighter and will not give up.”

The Schumacher family have kept the tragedy as a personal matter, while racing fans around the world await to hear of news of Michael’s recovery – half a decade since the accident took place.

A concrete statement is yet to be released on the racing driver’s future, with updates usually coming from Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm.

His family recently opened a permanent exhibition about the star’s life as a Formula 1 driver and Ferrari icon at Motorworld Cologne, Germany.

And Scumacher is still an idol, and above all a role model, not only for his fans, but also for his children.

His son Mick, 18, told the BBC: “My dad has a big influence on me, he’s my idol.”

Earlier this month, the young Schumacher’s First Team Leader claimed the protege had “learned from his father” the importance of working hard and the curiosity to learn more and improve.

Motorsports veteran Frits van Amersfoort said Mick resembles Formula 1 legend Michael, 49.

Mr Van Amersfoort said: “There are many racing drivers who believe they need to do everything their way.

“Mick has always shown that he wants to learn. Mick is a racing guy who works a lot.”

“Mick uses his head. His strength is that he wants to – and does – win races with his head.

“He probably learned from his father that in racing you cannot just drive, you also have to work hard. That’s why he is where he wants to be now.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.