Schumacher’s doctor notes progress, but calls for patience


Michael Schumacher’s doctor says that he has noted some progress in his patient’s condition as he continues to recover from a serious head injury sustained whilst skiing at the end of last year.

Schumacher is statistically the greatest driver in the history of Formula 1, winning seven world championships and claiming 91 grands prix victories. He retired at the end of the 2012 season after a three-year comeback with Mercedes.

Last December, Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident that left him in a coma for six months in Grenoble Hospital. Once he was out of the coma, he was moved to a hospital in Laussane, Switzerland, before eventually returning home to continue his rehabilitation in September.

Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor that treated Schumacher in Grenoble, said that he has noted some progress in Schumacher’s condition when speaking the Le Parisien earlier this week, but asked for patience as his recovery continues.

“I have noted some progress but I would say we should give him time,” Payen said. “It’s like for other patients, we are on a timescale which goes from one year to three years and we need to be patient.”

Earlier this month, French F1 journalist Jean-Louis Moncet suggested that a Go Pro camera on Schumacher’s helmet could have caused the head injuries, prompting shares in the company to drop in price. However, Moncet soon clarified that his comments were his opinion, and not fact as many had reported.

With Jules Bianchi also currently recovering from a severe head injury in hospital in Japan, the F1 community continues to send its support to both him and Schumacher at this difficult time.