Michael Schumacher is “paralysed in a wheelchair and can’t speak,” according to close friend and former F1 driver Philippe Streiff.
Schumacher is still recovering from the severe head injuries he sustained in a skiing accident last year and Streiff has revealed the current condition of the ex-world champion, as relayed by The Independent.
“He is getting better but everything is relative. It’s very difficult. He can’t speak.”
Streiff was paralysed by a crash in 1989 during pre-season testing for AGS and he sympathises with Schumacher.
“Like me he is in a wheelchair, paralysed. He has memory problems and speech problems.”
"Like me he is in a wheelchair, paralysed. He has memory problems and speech problems"
Meanwhile a spokesperson for the German claims Streiff’s comments were “his opinion” raising further doubt over Schumacher’s state. Medical updates have been few and far between since the accident and uncertainty remains whether the 45-year-old will ever make a full recovery.
The seven-time Formula One world champion spent nine months in hospital after being placed in a medically induced coma but returned home eight weeks ago to continue his rehabilitation.
The news comes on the same day it has been announced Jules Bianchi has come out of a coma but remains in a critical condition following his crash at the Japanese GP.