German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher in September 2012. The seven-time Formula One champion is still recovering from a head injury sustained in a ski accident.
German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher in September 2012. The seven-time Formula One champion is still recovering from a head injury sustained in a ski accident. DIEGO AZUBEL

Lawyer reveals Schumacher cannot walk

MOTORSPORTS: Michael Schumacher still remains unable to walk almost three years after a serious ski accident, according to his family's lawyer.

The Formula One driver's family is suing German magazine Bunte, which published an article quoting and "unnamed friend” who claimed the seven-time world champion could walk a few steps and raise his arm.

Bunte's report is said to have quoted an unnamed friend of the driver who claimed: "Michael is very thin. But he can once again walk a little with the help of his therapists. He manages to make a couple of steps. And he can also raise an arm.”

The family's lawyer Felix Damn said it was untrue and wants up to $A148,000 from the publication.

Little is known of Schumacher's condition since the December 2013 incident in the French Alps.

The news is the first public update on Schumacher's health since former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo saw his long-time champion driver in February.

"I have news and unfortunately it is not good,” he said at the time.

"Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident with Ferrari in 1999.”


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