Jean Todt says he is still friends with Michael Schumacher, even in the wake of the seven-time world champion’s serious head injuries.
Little is known about the highly-confidential condition of Schumacher today, more than two years after he fell whilst skiing in the French Alps.
But Todt, once the boss at Ferrari during the Schumacher reign and now FIA president, said the sad fate of the 47-year-old German is still "difficult to comprehend."
"I remember how worried I was after he left Ferrari and started racing motorcycles. So I was glad when he came back to F1 with Mercedes," he told Germany’s Sport Bild.
On the Ferrari days, Todt looks back with fondness, saying Schumacher was the key to that success.
"When things go bad, the Italians tend – as we have seen in recent years – to blame each other. The chassis people say it is the engine. The engine people say it is the chassis. Or we do not have the right driver.
"With Michael, I solved at least one of these problems," he said.