WHAT'S HIS STATUS? Michael Schumacher, best known for winning five titles at Ferrari, is recovering from head injuries suffered in a 2013 skiing crash. Image: Supplied
Munich - Michael Schumacher's former long-time manager has criticised the Formula 1 legend's family.
Willi Weber, who guided Schumacher's ultra-successful career from the junior categories and onto titles with Benetton and Ferrari, thinks the German's family and management is wrong to have shut out the world in the wake of his 2013 skiing crash and injuries.
"My advice is no longer heard"
Weber told the German weekly magazine Bunte: "For some time now, I've been saying that the Schumacher family is not telling the whole truth."
"It's time to pour pure wine for his millions of fans," he added, referring to the fact that almost nothing is known about 48-year-old Schumacher's current health status.
Weber said: "But I'm biting on granite, because for a long time my advice is no longer heard."
But he said he remains hopeful that he will again talk to his old friend some day.
He added: "When I'm home alone and the phone rings, I often feel that it will be Michael saying 'Willi, how's it going?' Hope dies last."
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