Michael Schumacher’s lawyer explains why there’s no ‘final report’ on F1 icon’s condition – and even his friends are prevented from giving updates on his state, 10 years on from skiing accident
- It has been 10 years since Michael Schumacher was injured in a skiing accident
- There has always been extensive privacy surrounding the German’s condition
- There has never been an official report released on his fall in Meribel, France
Michael Schumacher’s family lawyer has explained exactly why no report on his condition has ever been released – 10 years after his skiing accident.
The seven-time Formula One champion has been entirely out of the public eye since his fall in Meribel, France, in 2023, which initially left him in a coma.
The German superstar emerged from that coma in 2014, but is unable to communicate nor walk. No further information has ever been divulged about his condition.
And speaking in an interview with German outlet LTO, Felix Damm – the family’s representative – has given the reason behind the silence from within the camp.
‘It was always about protecting private things,’ Damm said. ‘We considered whether a final report about Michael’s health could be the right way to do this.
It has been 10 years since Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident while on holiday in France
Schumacher, pictured in 2005, won a joint record seven world titles during his storied career
‘But that wouldn’t have been the end of it and there would have had to be constantly updated “water level reports”, and it would not have been up to the family when the media interest in the story stopped.
‘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. If we then wanted to take action against this reporting, we would have to deal with the argument of voluntary self-disclosure.’
Voluntary self-disclosure is the precedent that a person cannot claim the right to privacy if the information being reported or that they are being asked about has been shared publicly by themselves or on their behalf by a representative.
The Schumacher family have had to deal with this on a number of occasions, with close acquaintances discussing the 54-year-old’s condition.
Former FIA president and Schumacher’s close friend Jean Todt has been among those close to the family to talk on Schumacher, but Damm has explained that even this information cannot be shared with the public.
‘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,’ he explained.
‘Therefore, the data subject can defend himself against disclosure of private circumstances even if the information comes from an acquaintance.’
Despite the lack of verified information surrounding Schumacher, there remains a huge interest surrounding th former Formula One star.
Last month, memorabilia from his successful racing career fetched a whopping £2million at auction.
A 159 piece collection, which included helmets, racing suits, bottles of champagne and more, raked in a total of £2,081,341, more than £600,000 over the initial estimate when put under the hammer in RM Sotheby’s auction ‘Full Throttle – The Schumacher Collection’.
Schumacher, pictured next to wife Corinna, left, in 2005, suffered a near fatal brain injury while skiing in 2013 and has since lived a very private life with his family in Switzerland
Schumacher’s wife Corrina (picured with Michael in 2004) has sought privacy for her husband
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