Status: 07/20/2022 2:45 p.m.
Great honor for Michael Schumacher: The Formula 1 world record champion received the state prize from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday (07/20/2022).
Representing the 53-year-old, Schumacher’s daughter Gina (25) and his wife Corinna (53) accepted the certificate from the hands of NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU). At the event at Motorworld in Cologne Schumacher’s son Mick, who makes his Formula 1 debut in France this weekend, was missing.
NRW Prime Minister Wüst: “People with a big heart”
“Today we pay tribute above all to Michael Schumacher beyond the races and the spotlight: a person who has a big heart and for whom it was always important to think of others,” said Wüst.
He added: “Michael Schumacher also keeps an eye on those who are not well. He has helped them with extremely generous donations, mostly discreetly. His family continues their charitable commitment.”
Jean Todt eulogizes Michael Schumacher
Schumacher’s eulogy was delivered by former Ferrari team boss and FIA president Jean Todt, a longtime companion and friend of the seven-time world champion. Among the guests were Rolf, the father of Michael Schumacher, as well as numerous political, media and Sports.
Schumacher himself disappeared from public view after a serious skiing accident in late 2013 and is still recovering from the aftermath.
“A whole country saw Ferrari red”: Wüst was also a fan
“Of course we wish he could have received his award in person. We miss him very much,” Todt said. “Michael Schumacher shaped motorsport like no other before and after him.”
“And he made Germans enthusiastic about this sport: Kerpen, Monza, Spa – those terms still resonate to this day. A whole country saw Ferrari red,” Wüst said: “Michael Schumacher fascinated millions of people – because he was passionate is synonymous with team spirit, top performance in the interaction of people and technology And because he was convincing as a person, as a personality – because you can identify with him.
State Prize, the highest honor of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
The State Prize is the highest honor of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia. Schumacher will be honored for “outstanding international sporting achievements” and in “recognition of his exemplary social commitment and for his services to his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia”, according to the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia -Westphalia.
For the past two years there has been no award due to the corona pandemic, the latest winner to date was former Federal Minister for the Environment Klaus Töpfer in 2019.