A tragic plea from Michael Schumacher ’s former Formula One rival Giancarlo Fisichella has resurfaced.
Schumacher was seriously injured during a skiing accident in the Swiss Alps seven years ago.
Updates on the health of the seven-time world champion have been few and far between ever since his accident.
Few people are believed to be in contact with the German, with Fisichella having previously said he would like to hug Schumacher.
When asked two years ago what he would do if he was allowed to meet Schumacher for a final time, three-time race winner Fisichella replied: "I'd like to hug him and talk to him.
"I really hope with all my heart that he can resume a normal life."
"We were friends. He was a great football fan and we regularly kicked a ball together.
"As a colleague he was an incredible opponent, he rewrote the history of Formula 1.
"Having raced with him has given me so much, and the few times I came in front made me even more proud because he is a great champion.
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"It is a cruel fate that someone who as a racer so often risked his life is badly injured while skiing.”
There has been hope that Schumacher is on the road to recovery following recent comments from his former Ferrari boss, and close friend, Jean Todt.
Speaking to Ouest France, Todt said: "I am very discreet on this subject.
"We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.
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"Since then, he has been treated so that he can be able to return to a more normal life.
"He is fighting. My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.
"But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.
“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”
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