Michael Schumacher's ex-manager has revealed his regret at not visiting the star in hospital following his skiing accident and says he no longer talks to the driver's family.
Willi Weber is credited with first discovering Schumacher before guiding him to the top of Formula One, forming a partnership that lasted over 20 years but is now broken.
The 73-year-old is said to have last seen his "best friend" shortly before Christmas 2013 – just a few days prior to the driver's tragic skiing accident.
Schumacher was skiing in the French Alps when he fell and hit his head on a rock, causing severe brain damage.
Little is still known about his condition, although FIA boss Jean Todt revealed earlier this month that Schumacher is "fighting" the "consequences" of the accident.
Since the incident, the Ferrari legend and Weber, who once said the pair lived in "marriage-like circumstances", have been estranged.
In an interview with RTL, Weber tried to find an explanation for the separation and said: "I made a mistake!"
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He claimed he "regretted it a hundred times or a thousand times that [he] didn’t immediately board a plane to fly to the hospital" to see the "great guy" he had managed for over 20 years.
Weber continued by talking about their separation and the events immediately after the incident.
He said: "Back then, I didn't get on the plane straight away and go to the hospital.
"I saw the crowd and thought, I don't have to queue there too. And that was wrong! I should have flown down immediately."
In Weber's autobiography, Gasoline in the Blood, he reveals that contact with Schumacher's family still remains broken.
He says that the time after Schumacher's accident left him feeling "miserable" and that he "suffered like a dog."
Asked if he knows how the seven-time F1 world champion is doing, he said: "Of course I know a little bit about how he's doing.
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"But I don't want to talk about it. Nothing has changed for me. The condition is the same as it was eight years ago."
He claims: "To this day: no phone call, no letter. On this day of overwhelming pain, she deletes (Corinna Schumacher) me, I know that today, from her life."
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