Philippe Streiff, a former race car driver who has been paralyzed for 25 years following a 1989 crash, said his friend Michael Schumacher is in the same situation and is unable to speak.
Schumacher, the legendary Formula One driver, is at home recovering from a head injury suffered in a skiing fall last December in France.
Streiff, speaking recently on a French radio station, said: “He (Schumacher) is getting better but everything is relative. It’s very difficult.”
According to a report in the Daily Mirror newspaper in England, Schumacher’s family is still confident about the former champion’s future. But the family is providing any new details about his condition.
According to the Mirror, Schumacher spokesperson, Sabine Kehm, said: “Streiff’s comments were his opinions and He did not have contact with us.”
Schumacher, 45, the most accomplished driver in Formula One history, was released from Grenoble hospital in September, eight months after his accident Dec. 29, 2013.
Schumacher’s accident happened on a family vacation. He was skiing with his 14-year-old son at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps. He hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.
Schumacher, who retired in 2012, has 91 Formula One wins and seven world titles, both records.