The unfortunate skiing crash which injured seven times F1 world champion, Michael Schumacher, happened at low speed, according to the footage from his helmet.
The helmet camera footage shows that Schumacher was skiing slowly when he fell on rocks recently. This is claimed by France’s RMC radio and also BFMTV television, after authorities reportedly extracted the footage as they investigate the incident at Meribel resort late last month that left Schumacher in a coma.
This new information contradicts reports that the former Mercedes and Ferrari driver was at speed in the rock-strewn ‘off-piste’ section between two slopes. This new development could also spell legal trouble for Meribel, a major ski resort in the French alps, with lawyers already circling.
“The (safety) standard has not been met, as the signs and markings were inadequate and non-compliant,” lawyer Edouard Bourgin told Le Figaro newspaper. “It cannot be that a resort collects the skiers’ money, but does not ensure their right to safety.”
Germany’s Welt newspaper reports that Meribel resort has already retained the services of a top ski industry-specific lawyer. A top former ski racer and Olympic gold medallist, however, has leapt to
Meribel’s defence. Markus Wasmeier said areas such as the one Schumacher fell in “are quite normal”.
“The problem is unsolvable, short of lining the entire slope with guardrails,” he is quoted by the Sport Bild magazine.
Although he is still in coma, the recent developments on his conditions suggest that his condition has improved. We pray he returns to his full health soon.