Formula One legend Michael Schumacher’s son “sometimes finds it hard” coping with the injuries his father suffered while skiing five years ago, according to one of his friends.
And the friend claimed the condition of the seven-time world champion, who endured life-changing injuries on the French Alps in 2013, “remains a mystery” to even 19-year-old Mick’s closest friends.
The claims have been made by Ferrari Challenge racer Nicklas Nielsen, who spoke to Danish newspaper BT about how Mr Schumacher’s son has coped with the accident.
“Nick does not say he is sad about his father,” Mr Nielsen said. “He just said sometimes that it is sometimes hard. I know him very well, also privately. He is a very quiet and calm guy.”
He added: “It was completely closed and he didn’t want to talk about it. I still do a little karting with Ralf Schumacher and his team and nobody talks about it.
“It may be Michael is on his way back, but only arrives when he is completely rehabilitated. It’s hard to say what’s going on.
“Mick did not say he was sad with his father. He just said it was hard sometimes.”
Racing legend Mr Schumacher hit his head on a rock while in the French Alps and was left comatose following two life-saving operations.
He is now said to be receiving 24-hour care at a Swiss retreat.
Earlier this month, a poster was released in a bid to raise money for the Keep Fighting Foundation for Mr Schumacher, who won 91 in his racing career.
The retired German driver raced in Formula One for Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton, Mercedes and Ferrari and is the only driver to win seven F1 World Championships.