Milan - Sombre ex-Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo admitted on Thursday that he
did not have "good news" regarding the condition of stricken Formula
One legend Michael Schumacher.
Former seven-time world champion
Schumacher suffered head injuries in a skiing accident in the French
Alps in December 2013 and spent six months in an induced coma before
returning to his home in Switzerland to continue his rehabilitation.
get news about him constantly, and unfortunately it's not good," said
Montezemolo when asked about Schumacher in Milan on Thursday.
did not elaborate on 47-year-old Schumacher's condition, but he added:
"He was the most successful driver Ferrari ever had. He only suffered
one accident in his entire career, in 1999, and it was our fault, not
"Unfortunately, a skiing accident ruined his life."
speculation Schumacher was at fault for the accident that has left him
in a coma for over two years, Montezemolo defended the former champion.
"It's not true that Michael wasn't careful on his skis. When he went off piste, he was always careful," he added.
"More than anything, on skis he was very careful."
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm declined to comment on Montezemolo's remarks when contacted by British TV channel Sky Sports.
most recent official statement was issued last May when she said:
"We're glad to be able to continue to say that he is making progress, as
I always say, given the severity of his head injuries".
In November, Schumacher was described by FIA president Jean Todt as "still fighting".
was and remains a close friend of mine," said Todt, who was
Schumacher's team boss at Ferrari when the German won five titles
between 2000 and 2004.
"His family is very close. I see Michael
often and can tell you: Michael is still fighting. And his family are
still fighting by his side."