A former Formula 1 doctor warns there likely won’t be any good news on Michael Schumacher’s condition.
The racing legend suffered a serious head injury while skiing in France on December 29, and though it appeared at one stage there would be positive news from the gradual process of waking him from his coma, there hasn’t been an update in two months now.
Gary Hartstein says fans should not delude themselves of the gravity of Schumacher’s condition.
“I’m quite afraid (and virtually certain) we will never have any good news about Michael,” he told The Telegraph. “At this point, I rather dread seeing that the family has put out a press release.
“I can conceive of no possible reason that Michael’s entourage, understandably extremely protective of his and their privacy, would not tell his fans if significantly good things have happened.”
Dr. Hartstein was joined in this sentiment by respected F1 writer Roger Benoit.
Benoit feels the silence of Grenoble Hospital, where the German is being treated, and of the entire Schumacher family is telling.
“Slowly, everybody is really worried,” he said. “Grenoble and the family have been silent for weeks. Why?”
The last update by Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm was issued on April 4.
“Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.”
It has been 18 weeks since doctors started gradually waking him from a coma.
The investigation into Schumacher’s accident wound up in February with French authorities ruling out any criminal wrongdoing.
Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, and their children Gina Marie, 16, and Mick, 14, remain by his bedside.
4 June 2014 10:56 Eurosport