Jean Todt, who was Ferrari CEO between 2006 and 2008, and a very close friend of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, has recently given an insight into his relationship with the German whilst collecting an award on Friday.
Todt was working for Peugeot Talbot Sport and Scuderia Ferrari before becoming Ferrari CEO, where he said he formed a close relationship with Schumacher, and has since been FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) president since 2009.
The 49-year-old Schumacher, who is the most successful Formula 1 driver ever, suffered life-changing injuries during a horrific skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013.
Very few details have been released on the German's current condition in the five years since the accident, but his former boss, 72-year-old Todt has spoken fondly of Schumacher whilst collecting the lifetime achievement award from German magazine 'Auto Bild'.
Speaking openly, Todt said, as per The Mirror: "I am very touched, I almost cry.
"If you succeed, you will be glad if you can give something back. That's what I do now as president of the FIA."
Going on to speak about Schumacher, he said: "Pictures of him hang everywhere in my offices and apartments.
"The time with Michael will always be remembered as the best of my life. We love each other because we wrote an incredible story together. And because we always stuck together in difficult times."
Todt added he visits Schumacher at least twice a month at his home in the Swiss town of Gland, that overlooks lake Geneva.
And earlier this year, close relatives of the F1 legend gave an update on his condition to French magazine Paris Match, saying: "When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries."
Michael Schumacher will always be revered as a great of Formula 1, with many people having warm memories of the Ferrari legend.