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Michael Schumacher faces a “long fight” for recovery as the first anniversary of his skiing accident approaches, the former Formula One driver’s manager said yesterday.

Her comments cast doubts over a newspaper report that said he was making cognitive progress.

In an interview to Le Parisien, former F1 driver Philippe Streiff Former said Michael Schumacher “was yet to recover the power of speech” but was “beginning to recognise those close to him.” He claimed his information had come from someone that was in touch with Corinne, wife of Michael Schumacher and his neurosurgeon, Gerard Saillant.

The newspaper described Streiff as a long-time friend of the F1 legend. He too suffered a crash at the Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro that left him paralysed.

“We need a long time. It’s going to be a long time and a hard fight,” Sabine Kehm said. “He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation,” she added, iterating a statement she had made a month ago.

Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in Meribel in the French Alps on 29 December, 2013. He emerged from an induced coma in June, and left hospital in September. In an interview with Le Parisien, Philippe Streiff, another former F1 driver, said Schumacher “had yet to recover the power of speech” but was “nevertheless starting to recognise those close to him.” Streiff, described by the newspaper as a long-time friend, said he had gleaned the information from his contacts with the German-born driver’s wife, Corinne, and with his surgeon, Gerard Saillant, whom he knows as a result of his own racing accident in 1989. (Thestatesman)

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