Silence over Schumacher condition concerns Briatore

Flavio Briatore with Michael Schumacher in 1993

Flavio Briatore with Michael Schumacher in 1993

Flavio Briatore admits that he is worried about the health of his former Formula 1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher who still lies in a coma, more than five months since he injured himself while skiing.

In the mid 90s, as the boss and number 1 driver of the Benetton team, the pair won their first world championships hand-in-hand.

Now 45, Schumacher has been lying comatose in a French hospital bed for more than 160 days.

Italian Briatore, speaking to Italian Radio24, admitted his fears, “There is no news because the family is very closed. They are not communicating. “But surely no news in this case is not good news.”

In the past few days, German television RTL aired a special programme about Schumacher and his new battle to recover from his horror skiing fall.

German tennis legend Boris Becker said during the programme: “We cannot imagine what Corinna and the children have been going through since the accident.

“They have built a protective wall around him,” he added. “It’s been very quiet but this is the only way to cure him.”

German medical journalist Christoph Specht also said that it is premature to say that Schumacher is now fighting a losing battle, “Comas are not all the same. There are always pleasant surprises in which patients wake up after many years.” (GMM)