Schumacher Helmet Camera Given to Authorities, Spokeswoman Says

The helmet camera worn by seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher during a skiing accident was voluntarily handed over to authorities, his spokeswoman said.

Media reports saying investigators took the device against his family’s wishes are wrong, Sabine Kehm said in an e-mailed statement today. There aren’t any press conferences on his health status scheduled before at least Jan. 6, she said.

“Michael’s condition remains critical but stable,” Kehm said. “Any information regarding Michael’s health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation.”

Schumacher, who turned 45 yesterday, suffered contusions to the brain as well as hemorrhaging when he crashed while skiing Dec. 29. He fell and struck his head on a rock on an unmarked slope in Meribel in the French Alps. He would have died had he not been wearing a helmet, according to his doctors.

They described his condition as critical Dec. 31 after a second brain operation to reduce pressure in his skull. They said that, although there was some improvement, it was too early to make a prognosis for the German, who was placed in an artificial coma.

Schumacher won Formula One titles with the Benetton team in 1994 and 1995 and took five consecutive championships with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. He left Formula One after the 2012 campaign following a three-season comeback during which he didn’t win a race.

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