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Ski instructor at Michael Schumacher accident scene claims two 'grave mistakes' were made

Ski instructor at Michael Schumacher accident scene claims two 'grave mistakes' were made

The Formula One champ has been out of the public eye for a decade

In December 2013, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher had a devastating skiing accident.

The now 54-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries and was placed into a medically induced coma which he came around from in 2014.

Much of the details on Schumacher’s health and his life has been kept private since the accident a whole decade ago.

The racing champ’s family lawyer previously told German news outlet LTO there was no public report given into his condition to protect ‘private things’.

During the 2021 Netflix documentary Schumacher, his wife Corinna said: “We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.

“'Private is private', as he always said. It is very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible.”

While the former world champ may have withdrawn from public life, people continue to look for answers around his accident.

And now a ski instructor at the scene claims two ‘grave mistakes’ were made that tragic day.

Schumacher is a legend of the sport.
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German author and journalist Jens Gideon has been probing the 2013 accident and has released his findings for the German broadcaster ARD.

He visited the scene of the accident in the French Alps and spoke to a local ski instructor.

Only named as Andre, it’s believed there were these two mistakes made that led to the crash.

It’s reported there was a lack of snow on the ground, making it more dangerous to ski as more rocks were exposed.

Andre explained: “You don't go in there on a day like that. It was clear that there wasn't enough snow."

Then the second is that because Schumacher appeared to be conscious after the initial crash, the first responders didn’t quite realise the severity of the situation.

World champ Michael Schumacher.
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Therefore there was a delay in getting him to the more specialised hospital, with Andre claiming if he’d have got there earlier he could’ve received the necessary treatment in better time.

The racing driver had reportedly been skiing off-piste with his son Mick when the accident happened.

Andre told the journalist that he remembers seeing a crushed helmet with a camera still on top.

This means the accident is believed to have been captured in footage, although it’s extremely unlikely this would ever be shared publicly.

Schumacher’s ex-Ferarri boss Jean Todt previously spoke about visiting the star twice a month and watching races with him.

At the end of the day, the champ’s health and privacy is a matter for his family and him to decide. He’ll always be a legend of the sport.

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Topics: Celebrity, Formula 1, Sport, World News