June 13, 2024

Formula 1: Schumacher’s Privacy Battle Drags on 10 Years After Near-fatal Accident

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Michael Schumacher at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Very little is known about the health of Formula One great Michael Schumacher 10 years after his skiing accident and the family aims to keep it that way.

The German suffered serious head injuries in the incident in the French Alps on December 29, 2013 and has not been seen in public since.

“The decision to protect his privacy from the public has been made in Michael’s best interests. It is the family’s right to deal with it in the way that is best for them,” Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said.

When the seven-times F1 world champion was in intensive care in Grenoble a decade ago, a journalist disguised as a priest tried to gain access and another person pretended to be his father.

There were “many abstruse cases,” Kehm said.

The fact the family have managed to mainly keep a lid on any leaks from the family home in Switzerland is down to a lot of hard work.

Norbert Haug, who was head of Mercedes motorsport when Schumacher returned to F1 in 2010 after his first retirement, said it speaks for the whole family as well as for Kehm “how they have handled this long and difficult period with countless paparazzi attacks and countless media enquiries so confidently and effectively for 10 years.”

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