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Michael Schumacher can lead 'relatively normal life again'

2014-10-08 22:49:19

Michael Schumacher
Michael Shumacher will be able to lead a relatively normal life again, it has been claimed [GETTY/AP]

FORMULA One legend Michael Schumacher will be able to lead a "relatively normal life again" after suffering serious head injuries, it has been claimed.

Jean Todt, head of the sport's governing body the FIA, is believed to have visited the seven-time world champion at his home in Switzerland last week.

The 68-year-old said Schumacher's condition is "improving" but added that he would "never" be able to drive a F1 car again.

Mr Todt said: "We may assume that Schumacher can live a relatively normal life within a short period of time.

"What we can say is that he will probably never again drive a Formula One car."

Mr Todt was the General Manager of the Ferrari F1 team when Schumacher won five world titles with the iconic Italian set-up.

He is believed to have visited the 45-year-old last week before the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, according to Belgian broadcaster RTL.

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher was left in a coma following a ski accident last year [EPA]

The race saw Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffer severe head injuries after a crash during wet conditions at the Suzuka race circuit.

Mr Todt added: "[Schumacher] fights. His condition improves, which is very important as is the fact that he is now home with his family."

Last month Schumacher moved from a hospital in Grenoble where he was treated for six months to his home in Lausanne.

The move came after he awoke from a medically-induced coma and he is continuing his recovery surrounded by his family.

Michael Schumacher
Jean Todt was at Ferrari when Michael Schumacher won five F1 world titles [AP]

Schumacher was rushed to hospital last December when he hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French resort of Meribel on December 29.

The most successful driver in F1 was left with serious head injuries and needed to be operated on in the aftermath of the accident.

In the last official update on his health condition Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said the ex-Ferrari and Mercedes driver had made good progress "in the past weeks and months".

She added: "Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home.

"Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

"We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at the CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided."

Schumacher's wife, Corinna, also said in September that her husband was "getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case he's improving."

The German is an F1 legend and holds numerous records in the sport, including most race wins, most driver's titles, largest number of races won in a season and the most amount of pole positions.

Source: express.co.uk

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