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Michael Schumacher's manager hits out at 'false hope' news report

Published 22/12/2015

Former racing driver Michael Schumacher is said to be improving after his ski accident in France.
Former racing driver Michael Schumacher is said to be improving after his ski accident in France.
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest drivers to grace the circuits of Formula One, and in 2004 he surpassed the record for successive titles. Starting in 2000, the German won five straight F1 drivers' championships, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's record of four, which was set back in 1957. Among numerous records, in 2002 he went through an entire season finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every race.
Rubens Barrichello
Over 600 Formula One career points, nearly 300 races and a driver for Ferrari during a period of utter dominance for the Italian manufacturer. Yet Rubens Barrichello perpetually found himself in the shadow of Michael Schumacher. The Brazilian driver is now the most experienced pilot on the grid, and his longevity has been due to his consistent class of driving. Yet the five years he spent with Ferrari coincided with Schumacher at his most devastating. The German utterly dominated the sport and in doing so pushed Barrichello, who twice finished the season as runner-up, into the shadows.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
The biggest question surrounding the start of the 2010 season regards the return of Michael Schumacher. Can the German match his former glories? The seven-time World Champion was utterly dominant during his time in the sport, particularly his spell with Ferrari with whom he picked up five titles. There is no doubt surrounding his ability behind the wheel, but question marks have always been raised regarding his sportsmanship. His first title came in 1994 amid dubious circumstances in which he crashed into title rival Damon Hill, preventing the Brit winning the championship. He tried a similar tactic against Jacques Villeneuve in 1997, but on that occasion the authorities came down hard and expunged him from the records. But whatever people think of Schumacher, there is no doubting the mark he's left on Formula One - the only question now is what he may still have to offer.
With former champions Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher in a strong field, McLaren's Jenson Button (back left) knows he has his work cut out
Michael Schumacher (left) of the Nazionali Piloti team challenges Ralf Weber of VIP Allstars during a football Charity match at the Am Boellenfalltor arena on July 16, 2008 in Darmstadt, Germany
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher makes push ups during the charity football match between Nazionale Piloti and biggALLSTARS at Brita Arena on July 8, 2009 in Wiesbaden, Germany
Manager Willy Weber (left) and Formula One legend Michael Schumacher pose for a photo ahead to the WBA Middleweight World Championship fight between Felix Sturm of Germany and Khoren Gevor of Armenia at Nuerburgring on July 11, 2009 in Nuerburg, Germany
Michael Schumacher takes part in the Race of Champions Beijing 2009 at Beijing National Stadium on November 4, 2009
Michael Schumacher (left) speaks with John Owen, Principal Aerodynamicist of Mercedes GP
The Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One team have confirmed that 7-times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher will make his racing return in 2010 with the Silver Arrows team. Above: Schumacher poses on December 23, 2009 in Brackley, England
Michael Schumacher Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is rightfully regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time. Yet his driving style did have something of the kamikaze about it. Fellow drivers knew that if you didn't move out the way, Schumacher would happily drive straight into you, and never so willingly as when the driver's title was on the line. In 1994, Schumacher collided with Damon Hill, an incident that meant both drivers were forced to retire, handing Schumacher the title by one point. Then in 1997, the German collided with Jacques Villeneuve in the final race of the season. The crash ruled Schumacher out, but this time his opponent was able to complete the race and Villeneuve walked away with the title.
Schu in: Michael Schumacher is back
Michael Schumacher
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David Coulthard is congratulated by Michael Schumacher after the Scot's victory yesterday
Retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher of Germany, celebrates with the trophy after winning the first race of the International Challenge of Go-Kart Champs in Florianopolis, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007
A top surgeon says the next 48 hours will be 'decisive' for injured ex-F1 ace Michael Schumacher.
Former racing driver Michael Schumacher is in a critical condition in hospital after a skiing accident in France.
The former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has suffered a “serious” head injury while skiing in the French Alps. Pictured in 2008
Mika Hakkinen v Michael Schumacher, 2000 The pair had already battled for the 1998 and 1999 world championships with Hakkinen emerging victorious on both occasions. Schumacher was determined to win his third title and first with Ferrari. The rivalry had become so intense that the Finn was reduced to tears in 1999 when he crashed at Monza. By 2000, Schumacher finally felt he had the car to meet his ambitions having trailed in the wake of the Finn's McLaren for the previous two seasons. Going into the 13th race of the season in Belgium, Schumacher had lost the championship lead for the first time all season; he desperately wanted to win the race. But, while leading with four laps to go, Schumacher's tyres began to over-heat and he battled to keep Hakkinen behind, at one point he almost caused Hakinnen to crash at 200mph. On the next lap though, the Finn pulled off one the greatest overtaking manoeuvres in the history of the sport. The pair came up to lap Ricardo Zonta, and as Schumacher overtook Zonta from the outside line, Hakkinen went up the inside and overtook them both at once. Afterwards, harsh words were exchanged as Hakinnen felt some of Schumacher's blocking moves were a bit close to the mark, although unfortunately neither of the drivers has revealed the finer details of the conversation. Schumacher went on to claim the title by a large margin of 29 points, but that does not reflect the ferocity that him and Hakinnen fought throughout the year.
MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton (bottom) of Great Britain and McLaren and Michael Schumacher (top) of Germany and Mercedes GP drive side by side during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 16: Driver Michael Schumacher arrives at the red carpet for the Navyboot Msone Collection launch at MoCa (Modern Museum of Contemporary Art) on April 16, 2011 in Shanghai, China. The launch event started with an art movie from Michel Comte, followed shortly afterwards by the ceremonial unveiling of the limited luxury sneaker collection from MSone. The celebrations lasted late into the night with Samantha Ronson and Keith Richard's daughter, Alexandra, at the turntables. (Photo by Andrew Ross/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 16: (L-R) Driver Michael Schumacher arrives at the red carpet for the Navyboot Msone Collection launch at MoCa (Modern Museum of Contemporary Art) on April 16, 2011 in Shanghai, China. The launch event started with an art movie from Michel Comte, followed shortly afterwards by the ceremonial unveiling of the limited luxury sneaker collection from MSone. The celebrations lasted late into the night with Samantha Ronson and Keith Richard's daughter, Alexandra, at the turntables. (Photo by Andrew Ross/Getty Images)

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello reacts angrily after former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher tried to drive him off the track at the Hungarian Grand Prix." data-title=""If Michael wants to go to heaven - in the event that he is going to heaven - then I don't really care. But I don't want to go before him."
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello reacts angrily after former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher tried to drive him off the track at the Hungarian Grand Prix." >
"If Michael wants to go to heaven - in the event that he is going to heaven - then I don't really care. But I don't want to go before him."
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello reacts angrily after former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher tried to drive him off the track at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Mika Hakkinen v Michael Schumacher, 2000
The pair had already battled for the 1998 and 1999 world championships with Hakkinen emerging victorious on both occasions. Schumacher was determined to win his third title and first with Ferrari. The rivalry had become so intense that the Finn was reduced to tears in 1999 when he crashed at Monza. By 2000, Schumacher finally felt he had the car to meet his ambitions having trailed in the wake of the Finn's McLaren for the previous two seasons. Going into the 13th race of the season in Belgium, Schumacher had lost the championship lead for the first time all season; he desperately wanted to win the race. But, while leading with four laps to go, Schumacher's tyres began to over-heat and he battled to keep Hakkinen behind, at one point he almost caused Hakinnen to crash at 200mph. On the next lap though, the Finn pulled off one the greatest overtaking manoeuvres in the history of the sport. The pair came up to lap Ricardo Zonta, and as Schumacher overtook Zonta from the outside line, Hakkinen went up the inside and overtook them both at once. Afterwards, harsh words were exchanged as Hakinnen felt some of Schumacher's blocking moves were a bit close to the mark, although unfortunately neither of the drivers has revealed the finer details of the conversation. Schumacher went on to claim the title by a large margin of 29 points, but that does not reflect the ferocity that him and Hakinnen fought throughout the year.

Michael Schumacher's manager has criticised the "irresponsible" front page cover of a German magazine, saying it is giving "false hope" by suggest the motor sport legend is beginning to move again.

It is now closing in on two years since the Formula One star's horrific skiing accident that left him in a coma.

The German suffered the serious injuries after going off-piste on the French Alps in December 2013. He was later placed in a medically induced coma to keep his condition stable.

Magazine Bunte has reported that Schumacher is now able to take 'tentative' steps with the aid of a carer and has regained slight movement in one arm, with the front cover headlines 'He can move again'.

However, Schumacher's long-term manager Sabine Kehm has moved to quash the speculation and strongly criticised the "irresponsible" reporting.

"Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true," she said.

"Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael.

"Unfortunately they also given false hopes to many people involved."

Bunte says it is standing by the story.

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