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Video Studied In Schumacher Ski Accident Probe

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, January 5 2014

Michael Schumacher is in a coma following a skiing accident in France.

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Footage from the helmet camera worn by Michael Schumacher on the morning he crashed while skiing in the French Alps is being examined by police trying to reconstruct the accident.

A seven-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Schumacher was injured when he fell and hit his helmeted head on a rock while skiing with his 14-year-old son on unmarked slopes at the French resort Meribel early on Sunday, Dec. 29. The 44-year-old German remains in critical but stable condition in an induced coma at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble after undergoing two operations on his brain.

“Michael’s helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family,” longtime Schumacher manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement issued to media on Saturday. “That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue. We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family.”

Additionally, Kehm said unauthorized speculation that Schumacher’s condition had improved significantly should be disregarded. Kehm stressed that information regarding Schumacher’s health would be issued only by the hospital staff or herself in the aftermath of European reports about comments attributed to ex-F1 driver Philippe Streiff claiming that Schumacher was “now out of danger.”

“Michael’s condition remains critical but stable,” Kehm said in a statement originally reported by Autosport.com. “We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael’s health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation. In consultation with the doctors treating Michael, it is not expected there will be any press conference before Monday.”

Schumacher underwent a second operation late last Monday evening to remove another hematoma on his injured brain to reduce inter-cranial pressure. After consulting with Schumacher’s family, the medical team was able to access a large hematoma on the left side of his brain during the second procedure.

The medical team reiterated then that because a number of lesions remained on Schumacher’s brain it was impossible to make a recovery prognosis. Schumacher will remain in the induced coma for as long as necessary.

“We have a strategy to correct a number of anomalies that continue and we want to give ourselves some time during this phase of stability,” Professor Jean-Francois Payen said. “There are some important matters we need to think about for the future.”

Schumacher retired from F1 for a second time after the 2012 season following a lackluster three-year stint with the Mercedes AMG team. “The Great Schumi” racked up seven world championships, 91 wins, 68 poles, 155 podium finishes, 19 consecutive podium results and 5,071 laps-led. He shares the record for most single-season wins at 13 with four-time/reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who tied his fellow-countryman and boyhood idol with a victory for Infiniti Red Bull Racing/Renault in the 2013 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

A star of Mercedes’ endurance sports car racing program in the late 1980s, Schumacher made his F1 debut in 1991 and compiled his seven championships by time of his first retirement in 2006. Five of those titles were scored with Scuderia Ferrari, F1’s most glamorous team.

Schumacher returned to F1 with Mercedes AMG in 2010, but struggled to repeat his earlier successes. His only podium was a third-place during the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain.

– John Sturbin can be reached at jsturbin@racintoday.com

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, January 5 2014
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