The seven-time Formula One World Champion crashed and hit his head on a rock and was placed in a medically induced coma for six months after the accident. He was transferred for further rehabilitation at the University of Lausanne before being moved to his home in Switzerland. In an emotional interview Fisichella admits all he wants to do is “hug him and talk to him”.

Speaking to Eleonora Daniele on the Itailian show ’Storie Italiane’, he said: “A man like him, who has risked his life as a racer so often, gets hurt while skiing, that’s a cruel fate.

“I would like to hug him and talk to him.”

Fisichella also wishes he could tell Michael about how well his son Mick is doing after he was crowned the Formula 3 European Champion this year.

He added: “I would like to tell him how well his son Mick is developing, how he wins races, that maybe one day he will become world champion like his father.”

Fisichella who raced 229 Formula One races from Australia in 1996 to Abu Dhabi in 2009 also gives an insight into the pairs friendship but admits he knows very little about his current state of health.

He said: ”We were friends. He was a big football fan, and we often played together.

“I wish from the bottom of my heart that he can lead a normal life again.

“I try to find things out about his health, but we do not know anything, and I am very sorry about that.”

Schumacher won a record 91 races including 155 podium finishes during his illustrious career.

The legendary racer won his first race in Belgium in 1992 and his last came in China in 2006.

On the rare event when Fisichella beat him he described the moment of as filling him with “tremendous joy”.

He added: “Schumacher was an incredible opponent on the track, he has certainly made history. It means a lot to have shared the racetrack with him.

“On the few occasions when I saw the checkered flag before him, it filled me with tremendous joy.”

Fisichella was appearing on the RAI show about his racing life in his new book “Il profumo dell’asfalto”.

(Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg)


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