Schumacher still fighting, says Todt

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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's third Formula One world championship also serves as a reminder of how remarkable Michael Schumacher's achievements were, his former Ferrari boss Jean Todt said on Saturday.

The German is still receiving intensive treatment at home in Switzerland for severe head injuries suffered in a skiing accident in France in December 2013.

"It was interesting last week after Lewis was world champion for the third time, you saw the figures," Todt told reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix, which follows the U.S. race in Austin where Hamilton sealed the title.

"And I was very proud of what Michael did and sometimes you tend to forget what he did.

"Michael is a close friend, his family is very close to me and I am very close to them as well. I see Michael very often and Michael is still fighting. And we must keep him fighting, with the family."

Sunday's race will be the first Mexican Grand Prix since 1992 -- which was also the first time Schumacher appeared on a Formula One podium.

The German, who finished third behind British race winner Nigel Mansell and Italian Riccardo Patrese, was in his first full season for Benetton.

Three years later he was already a double champion and then switched to Ferrari -- with Todt as principal -- where he won five successive titles from 2000 to 2004 in a golden era for the Italian team.   Continued...

Michael Schumacher of Germany looks on during a news conference at the end of the official presentation of the new Ferrari Formula One race car 248 F1 at the Mugello racetrack in Scarperia, central Italy, January 24, 2006. REUTERS/Tony Gentile