Fellow driver confirms F1 champ is making slow steps back to recovery.
Seven time F1 champion Philippe Streiff has confirmed that Michael Schumacher can now recognise his friends and family, though he has yet to recover his ability to speak and still has limited movement, the Daily Star reports.
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The 59-year-old told French newspaper Le Parisien the Schumacher was “nevertheless starting to recognise those close to him.”
However, Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, said he is not out of the woods yet and still faces a “long, hard fight” to recover from the skiing accident which almost killed him.
Streiff himself was left quadriplegic thanks to a crash in 1989, and says that he got the new information from Schumacher’s sister and surgeon.
But Kehm has refuted his claims by saying: But Kehm said: “I do not know where Mr Streiff has got his information.
“He has no contact with us and he never has.”
“We need a long time. He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation,” she added, reiterating a statement she made a month ago.”
Monday marks the one-year anniversary since the German driver’s accident.