Michael Schumacher in ‘the best of hands’, reveals Formula One legend’s family

The German great is set to turn 50 on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 02 January 2019
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Michael Schumacher in ‘the best of hands’, reveals Formula One legend’s family

  • Little known about the well being of the F1 legend since his skiing accident five years ago.
  • Schumacher remains the sport’s most successful driver, with a record 91 Grand Prix wins and seven world titles.

LONDON: The family of stricken seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher have assured fans the Ferrari great is being well cared for as they prepare to celebrate his 50th birthday on Thursday.
Schumacher, who retired from racing in 2012, has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago. The German is being cared for at home in Switzerland.
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” the family said in a statement that made a rare comment about his condition.
“Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy,” it added.
The family said an official Michael Schumacher app will be released on Thursday to enable fans to review all his career successes.
The Keep Fighting Foundation has also created a virtual museum.
“The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments,” the family said.
“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we ... we want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”
Schumacher won his first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before five in a row with Ferrari between 2000-2004.
He remains the sport’s most successful driver, with a record 91 Grand Prix wins.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, now a five-times world champion with 73 wins, has already claimed several of the German’s records and could ultimately match his title tally if he continues his current rate of success.


Man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over Emiliano Sala death

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Man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over Emiliano Sala death

  • The forward, 28, died when a plane carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the Channel on January 21
  • Detective Inspector Simon Huxter: As a result of our enquiries we have arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act

LONDON: A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, British police confirmed on Wednesday.
The forward, 28, died when a plane carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the Channel on January 21, just days after he had joined Cardiff City from Nantes.
“As a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act,” Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police said in a statement.
“He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”
After a crowd-funded specialized search, Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage in February but Ibbotson’s body has not been found.