Schumacher’s alleged medical files stolen, says his management

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The management for seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher – who recently came out of a months-long coma after his skiing accident in December – has released a statement saying that someone is trying to sell what are alleged to be his stolen medical files.

The statement discloses that the Schumacher camp can’t say if these files are legitimate, but that it will press charges against any media outlet that chooses to use them for publication.

It does not make clear whether the notes came from his time at Grenoble (France) Hospital or at University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he has been transferred to begin his rehabilitation.

Here is the full statement:

“For several days stolen documents and data are being offered for sale. The offeror claims them to be the medical file of Michael Schumacher.

“We cannot judge if these documents are authentic. However, the documents are clearly stolen. The theft has been reported. The authorities are involved.

“We expressly advise that both the purchase and the publication of such documents and data is forbidden. The contents of any medical files are totally private and confidential and must not made available to the public.

“We will therefore, in every single case, press for criminal charges and damages against any publication of the content or reference to the medical file.

“We trust for your understanding.”

Schumacher sustained a severe head injury while skiing at the Meribel resort on Dec. 29, 2013. While at Grenoble, he underwent several surgeries and was put into a medically-induced coma; doctors began to slowly bring him out of it in January of this year.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.