Iheana­cho mo­ti­vated by Vardy

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Michael Schu­macher's for­mer Fer­rari boss has re­vealed he watched this year's Brazil Grand Prix with the in­jured Ger­man driver at his home.

French mo­tor sport ex­ec­u­tive Jean Todt said he joined the stricken For­mula 1 great at his home in Switzer­land where they watched Lewis Hamil­ton win on Novem­ber 11.

The 72-year-old was the man­ager of the Fer­rari team when Schu­macher - who suf­fered se­vere

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head trauma in a 2013 ski ac­ci­dent - claimed five con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onships in a row be­tween 2000 and 2004.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mir­ror, he said: “I'm al­ways care­ful with such state­ments, but it is true. I watched the race to­gether with Michael Schu­macher in his house in Switzer­land.”

Todt, who said he vis­its the sev­en­time F1 cham­pion 'at least twice a month' in Switzer­land, re­vealed he found it hard to talk about Schu­macher, who suf­fered his in­juries while ski­ing with son Mick in Meri­bel in the French Alps. “I al­most cry. There are pic­tures of him all over my of­fices and apart­ments. The time with Michael will al­ways be re­mem­bered as the best of my life,” Todt said.

Schu­macher, who turns 50 in Jan­uary, hit the right side of his head on a rock, split­ting open his hel­met when he fell while ski­ing.

He was rushed to hos­pi­tal where he un­der­went sev­eral life-sav­ing surg­eries and spent the next six months in a coma.

In April 2014, Schu­macher woke up and was taken from the hos­pi­tal in Greno­ble to a pri­vate lo­ca­tion, be­lieved to be his house near Lake Geneva, where he is be­ing cared for. It is thought that Michael is be­ing tended to by a team of 15 physi­cians who pro­vide round-the­clock care at a cost of £115 000per-week. At the time of his re­lease from hos­pi­tal, his wife Corinna is­sued a state­ment ask­ing for sup­port in 'our joint fight along­side Michael”, but said she would not be speak­ing fur­ther and asked for pri­vacy.

- Le­ices­ter City striker Kelechi Iheana­cho said he is mo­ti­vated by team­mate Jamie Vardy to be­come a bet­ter player.

The 31-year-old at­tacker broke a Pre­mier League record after scor­ing in 11 con­sec­u­tive games in 2015. The Nige­ria in­ter­na­tional who joined the King Power Sta­dium out­fit from Manch­ester City in the sum­mer of 2017 is awe of the feat and ex­plained that he is learn­ing from the for­ward. “I have been watch­ing him and when I was at Manch­ester City I was re­ally fol­low­ing him and when he broke the record against [Manch­ester] United, it was the mo­ti­va­tion for me as well,” Iheana­cho told Le­ices­ter­shire Live.

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