Schumacher leaves hospital for rehabilitation at home
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has been moved to his home in Switzerland for further rehabilitation, nearly nine months after his life-threatening skiing accident.
Schumacher, who won a record seven drivers' championships in his F1 career, has made steady progress while at a clinic in Lausanne, according to his manager, although no further details on his condition were disclosed. The 45-year-old has been in hospital since his crash while skiing off-piste in the Alpine resort of Meribel last December, with updates on his health few and far between.
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, said he had returned home to his large family estate on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Kehm said: "Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.
"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided." In July Schumacher's wife, Corinna, broke her silence with a message of heartfelt thanks in the programme for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
She wrote: "Dear motorsport friends, this is a message to all of you who have lived a passion for Michael's sport in all the years together with him, and who have supported him." (© Daily Telegraph, London)