Schumacher family respond to claim Michael ‘secretly’ drove Porsche while racing with Ferrari

Michael Schumacher won seven world titles with a combination of Benetton and Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher with the Mercedes F1 team in 2012.v1

The family of Michael Schumacher has released a statement confirming that reports of a Porsche Carrera GT being linked to him are false.

Reports began circulating some days ago that the Porsche car was somehow linked with Schumacher after it was allegedly purchased by Schumacher’s former manager, Willi Weber.

It is now up for sale in Germany, with various media outlets reporting that, despite contractual obligations, the seven-time champion had been ‘secretly’ driving it for four years during his time at Ferrari.

The car in question was released in 2004, which would have meant that he continued driving it until 2008 – after the end of his Ferrari career.

Michael Schumacher in 2012.v1

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The German is currently recovering at home following a skiing accident at the end of 2013 that left him in a coma, so his family take care of him and speak publicly on his behalf.

They confirmed that reports linking Schumacher to the Porsche have no validity.

“Reports have recently appeared in various media suggesting that Michael Schumacher was the owner of a Porsche Carrera GT currently for sale,” read a statement.

“This appearance does not correspond with the facts. Michael Schumacher was neither directly nor indirectly the owner of this Porsche Carrera GT at any time.”

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Schumacher’s career began in 1991 with Jordan when Bertrand Gachot was jailed for assaulting a taxi driver.

He made his debut at the Belgian Grand Prix with Eddie Jordan’s side, before scoring points on three occasions with Benetton later on in the year.

He would claim the first of his seven world titles with Benetton in 1994 in controversial fashion when he made contact with Damon Hill, and added a second to that tally with Ross Brawn’s team a year later.

Searching for new challenges, Schumacher moved on to Ferrari in 1996, and he claimed 72 of his 91 wins with the Scuderia, sealing five consecutive world titles between 2000 and 2004.

The 53-year-old retired in 2006 before returning in 2010 with Mercedes, and he achieved his final podium at the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia. He called time on his second spell at the end of that year.

His son, Mick, now races for Haas in the pinnacle of motorsport, and he heads to the British Grand Prix this weekend in search of his first-ever points finish.