MICK Schumacher has left fans desperate for news ahead of his father’s crash anniversary following a touching tribute to the racing great.
His Instagram update comes just days before the anniversary of the Formula 1 legend’s tragic skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013, which left him with severe brain injuries.
Today, Mick changed his profile picture to his father holding him as a child.
The loving photo sent shockwaves through the racing community, bringing back to the fore how deeply his father was loved around the world.
On social media, it sparked a debate among fans whether it was him paying homage or a cryptic message about his dad’s condition.
“It has been obvious from day one that he is little more than a vegetable… very sad as I loved to watch F1 when he was in it but I don’t really like how they are trying to hide how bad he is and saying stuff that might give the impression that he is getting better,” a Reddit user said.
“Nine years already, I can’t believe it,” one said.
“Lovely picture of the two together – I don’t know why it makes me anxious though, almost like a bad news feeling,” another said.
The family has come under fire for being secretive about the ex-racing star’s state of being.
One of his ex-managers said the Schumachers have been lying about his condition and must come out with the truth.
Willie Weber blasted Schumacher’s wife Corinna and his boss at Ferrari, Jean Todt, in an explosive recent interview with the Italian sports publication La Gazetta dello Sport.
He told the paper: “I tried hundreds of times to contact Corinna and she didn’t answer. I called Jean Todt to ask him if I should go to the hospital and he told me to wait – it’s too early.
“I called the next day and no one answered. I didn’t expect behaviour like that and I’m still angry about it.
“They kept me out, telling me it’s too early, well now it’s too late. It’s been nine years. Maybe they should just say it the way it is.”
Nevertheless, the negative hype has not stopped Mick from trying to live up to his dad’s name.
In 2021, he arrived in Formula 1 racing with the Haas Team.
In his two seasons of racing in the big league he has started in 43 races and scored 12 points, finishing sixth in this year’s Austrian Grand Prix and eighth in the British Grand Prix.
He also recently signed with Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s back up driver.
However, on the 10th anniversary of Schumacher’s retirement he is still remembered as a legend.
The seven time World Champion first retired at the end of the 2006 season after winning 91 F1 Grand Prix races but returned to the sport in 2009 to drive for Mercedes.
He spent three years with the team but didn’t win a race before he finally quit in 2012.
In November, his old Ferrari Formula One car became the most valuable of the “modern era”.
The Ferrari F2003 was sold for an immense £12.6million, breaking the previous record, which was also held by an old Schumacher model.
The car was the one in which Schumacher won his sixth Formula One world title.
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