Michael Schumacher health update as brother issues emotional statement on F1 icon

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Michael Schumacher hasn't been seen in public since his skiing accident back in 2013

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 02/11/2023

- 10:46

Updated: 02/11/2023

- 10:47

The German hasn't been seen in public for nearly a decade as he continues to recover from his skiing accident in 2013

Michael Schumacher's brother has said 'life isn't fair' when talking about the stricken F1 icon.

The German went skiing in the French Alps in December 2013 when he went off course and ended up crashing.

Schumacher was placed into a medically induced coma and, though he was later allowed home, has recovered away from the public eye in the years since.

This December will mark a decade since the 54-year-old's tragic accident.

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Former F1 star Ralf Schumacher says 'life isn't fair' after Michael Schumacher's skiing accident


And his brother, Ralf, has now emotionally opened up about his sibling to German outlet Bunte.

He's delivered an update, too, saying the Schumacher family are 'making their way' while the Ferrari icon stays at home.

“Sometimes life isn’t fair, unfortunately. We have to accept it,” Ralf said.

“When I see his [Michael’s] kids, Gina-Maria and Mick, my heart smiles.

"If anyone in the family seeks my advice, I’m there. They’re making their way.”

That update comes after former F1 driver Johnny Herbert says Ralf was 'different' ever since his brother's accident.

Speaking last month, Herbert said: "When Ralf Schumacher was with Sky Germany we often met.

"Ralf has had to do a lot of things for and with the family given what happened to Michael.

"He has matured. He is very different now to the person he was as a driver.

"He is a good human being now. He has changed a lot having had to cope with the ongoing situation with his brother."

Updates on Schumacher are rare.

And there's still been no final report available to the public on the former F1 star and his condition.

His family prefer to keep things private, which is understandable given the huge clamour for information.

And his family lawyer, Felix Damm, has now explained the lack of report and why it's being kept secret.

Speaking to LTO, Damm said: "Of course, we discussed a lot about how this is possible.

"So we also considered whether a final report about Michael's health could be the right way to do this.

"But that wouldn't have been the end of it and there would have had to be constantly updated 'water level reports'.

"Because as those affected, it is not up to you to put an end to the media.

"They could pick up on such a report again and again and ask, 'And what does it look like now?' one, two, three months or years after the message.

"And if we then wanted to take action against this reporting, we would have to deal with the argument of voluntary self-disclosure."


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F1 icon Michael Schumacher sustained serious injuries while skiing in December 2013


Damm continued: "If it is not the person concerned himself but friends or acquaintances who disclose private information, it is not a case of 'voluntary self-disclosure' of privacy.

"Therefore, the data subject can defend himself against disclosure of private circumstances even if the information comes from an acquaintance."

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