Speed not the focus of Schumacher inquiry

Speed not the focus of Schumacher inquiry

8 January 2014 – The speed at which Michael Schumacher was travelling when he suffered his skiing accident is not believed to be a decisive factor, explained prosecutors during a press conference in Albertville on Wednesday.

Schumacher, 45, is critical but stable after injuring his head in a fall at the Méribel resort on December 29, with the seven-time World Champion having undergone two operations at the University Hospital in Grenoble.

Addressing the media for the first time since the incident, French state prosecutor Patrick Quincy stated that video footage from Schumacher's helmet camera was "perfectly clear", providing his research team with the information necessary to understand the precise cause of the crash and create a full reconstruction.

He refused to give an estimation as to how fast Schumacher was going at the moment of impact, although colleague Stéphane Bozon claimed that it was the "speed of a very good skier on a fairly hard terrain".

"He followed the red piste and went off piste," began Quincy. "He is evidently an extremely good skier, but one of his skis hit a rock that was sticking out of the piste, causing him to fall and hit his head on a rock.

"The rock that he hit is eight metres from the piste. His position after he fell was nine metres from the piste.

"We have examined the film that was realised from his helmet. It is perfectly clear and gave us a lot of information, confirming all of the information we already had. We use this film to create a reconstruction."

Quincy added that, from the footage available, Schumacher did not appear to break any skiing regulations.

"There are some French rules," continued Quincy, "and as far as we can see from the initial investigations it doesn't look as though as he has broken these."

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