Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is paralysed in a wheelchair and unable to speak, according to his friend and former driver Philippe Streiff.

Schumacher, a seven-time champion, was left brain-damaged and fighting for his life after a ski accident in the French Alps last December.

And Philippe Streiff, who himself is wheelchair-bound after a pre-season crash in 1989 left him quadriplegic, said Schumacher was improving in an interview on French radio.

‘He is getting better but everything is relative,’ said the Frenchman.

‘It’s very difficult. He can’t speak. Like me, he is in a wheelchair paralysed.

‘He has memory problems and speech problems.’

Schumacher, a competent skier, was skiing off-piste when he struck a partially-covered rock, causing him to be thrown forward 34 feet and on to another rock, which split his helmet… see more

source: metro UK