Michael Schumacher Update: Schumi Reportedly Moved To Switzerland
By Lou Ramon Aguila | June 9, 2014 5:01 PM EST
Formula One driving legend Michael Schumacher has reportedly been moved from Grenoble, France to Switzerland, where he reportedly received treatment after he received a head injury following a skiing accident in a French ski resort last December.
Ferrari Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir racetrack in Manama in this March 11, 2006 file picture.
Schumacher was believed to have received treatment in Switzerland after staying for roughly six months in Grenoble, according to German Radio 7.
Sabine Kehm, the driver's spokesperson and manager, immediately refuted the report that Schumacher is now located at a different medical facility, as she insisted the driver remains in comatose condition in Grenoble.
"Our plan and our goal will be to be moved to a rehab clinic as soon as Michael recovers from comatose condition, Kehm stated in her latest press release about the condition of the Formula One icon, according to Hungarian news site HIR 24.
Schumacher's absence was greatly felt not only by spectators but the drivers as well, including Alexander Rossi of Caterham and Canadian race driver Jacques Villeneuve.
"He was an inspiration to everyone just because he was so dominant," said the 22-year-old Rossi. "When I was younger, it was in the era when he was at Ferrari and they were unbeatable. Everyone grew up wanting to emulate him, whether he was your favourite driver or not. He was the best there was."
"What can you think or say? We don't know what's really happening," Villeneuve told CTV News right after the day's second practice at the Canadian Grand Prix. "What is the truth? All that we know is that it's probably really hard for his family, for his kids and his wife. That's what matters. Apart from that, what can you say?"
Villeneuve called Schumacher's situation very tough, especially for a guy who used to live on the edge.
"It's really a tough situation," Villeneuve, who incidentally suffered a concussion in a skiing accident in the French Alps in 1997, roughly 200 kilometres from the spot of Schumacher's injury. "When someone spends all his life taking risks, living on the edge, and then a freak accident like this ... That means that you can't play with destiny, that's all."
Former F1 doctor Gary Hartstein had an even worse analysis of Schumacher's condition, saying fans should not expect a good news about the seven-time Formula One champion.
"I'm quite afraid we will never have any good news about Michael," wrote Hartstein on Sunday. "I can conceive of no possible reason that Michael's entourage a would not tell his fans if significantly good things have happened."
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