‘Michael is a close friend, his family is very close to me and I am very close to them as well. We must keep him fighting with the family.’
Todt also said Lewis Hamilton’s title triumph in Austin, Texas, last Sunday reminded him of Schumacher’s record-breaking achievements.
He added: ‘It was interesting last week after Lewis was world champion for the third time, you saw the figures. I was very proud of what Michael did and sometimes you tend to forget what he did.’
Schumacher was skiing down an off-piste area between Piste Chamois and Piste Mauduit on December 29, 2013, when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
Physicians said he would most likely have died had he not been wearing a helmet. He was put into an induced coma but in April this year, his agent said he was showing ‘moments of consciousness’.