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Michael Schumacher news is 'not good', says former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo

Milan: The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said on Thursday,  in an unusual intervention which only added to the speculation and mystery surrounding his condition.

The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland following severe head injuries that he suffered in a skiing accident in France in December 2013.

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No good news for Michael Schumacher

Former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo tells a live audience the latest news about the health of the Formula One champion is not good.

"I have news and unfortunately it is not good," Montezemolo told reporters without giving any further details.

"Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident with Ferrari in 1999", the former Ferrari chairman said.

Schumacher's long-time manager Sabine Kehm, who has been steadfast in refusing to comment on rumours or speculation about the 47-year-old's condition, had nothing to say when contacted by Reuters. 

Throughout this saga there have been precious few details on Schumacher's condition. Some, including the former driver Philippe Streiff, have claimed to provide an insight but have been rebuked by Schumacher's family and management.


Very few people are known to have visited the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver, who won five straight championships from 2000 to 2004.

Jean Todt, Schumacher's team principal at Ferrari and now the FIA President, visits regularly and the last time he was asked about the German's health he simply said he was "still fighting" to improve.

Ross Brawn, the Ferrari technical director during those dominant years, and the boss at Mercedes who brought Schumacher out of retirement, has been similarly tight-lipped.

The last Brawn said on the subject was: "We just keep praying every day that he'll recover to a stage where… it's slow, but there's always hope."

Reuters, The Telegraph, London