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Michael Schumacher receiving £100,000-a-week treatment from 15 specialists in Switzerland

Care costs are estimated to run at over £100,000 a week in wage bills and medical equipment rental.

The Lausanne rehabilitation clinic which Schumacher, 45, left last month to return home - 254 days after suffering catastrophic head injuries during a ski holiday - confirmed it has trained-up the experts now attempting to get the seven-times world champion to live a normal life.

A spokesman for the clinic confirmed: "A large part of the team that cares for Michael now was trained by our specialists. We are following his treatment and are still a point of contact and entirely at his disposal."

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said last week he was NOT moving home because his medical condition had significantly changed.

It is understood he remains mute and immobile with only periodic movements of his eyes. Experts call this the "minimal consciousness" phase of a coma awakening.

Schumacher was placed in an artificial coma on December 29 last year after smashing his head onto rocks while skiing at the French Alpine resort of Meribel.

He remained in the coma for 159 days and was moved to Lausanne from the University Hospital of Grenoble just weeks ago.

Manfred Spitzer, medical director at a specialist brain hospital in Germany, told the country's BILD newspaper: "I do not know the condition of Michael Schumacher, but if it is stable, then the familiar surroundings of his home can certainly help for now.

"Such emotional stimulation is very important for patients who have suffered a severe brain trauma."

Schumacher's father Rolf is moving from his home in Germany at the end of the year to live in a house built in the grounds of the 35 million pound Gland mansion to be near his son.

Michael's children Mick, 15, and Gina-Maria, 17, are said to spend hours every day at his bedside.

Express
17/09
12 Points
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Sports Ferrari reach the end of an era after Luca di Montezemolo's departure

Montezemolo, president of Ferrari, who worked with Enzo Ferrari, took over 23 years ago but mounting pressure from Ferrari owners Fiat to produce titles on the track finally came to head at the Italian Grand Prix last weekend in front of their own fans.

The team struggled, Fernando Alonso failed to finish, and the boss of the merged parent company, Fiat-Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, described the performance at Monza as "unacceptable."

It was the last straw in an increasingly bitter struggle and Montezemolo, who was brought in by Ferrari's founder in the 70s as his assistant, lost out.

Under his reign, the team took 14 titles with Michael Schumacher lifting five drivers' world trophies, Kimi Raikkonen the last in 2007 and Ferrari claiming eight constructors championships.

Montezemolo, who was also chairman of Fiat, has overseen Ferrari earning well from its position as the only team left who was there at the start of the F1 championship era in 1950.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali was forced out earlier this season but there has been no change in the team's performance and attention will now switch to Alonso's continued loyalty.

He is frustrated at not being in the title fight for years and McLaren, with a lot of cash from Honda who will supply their engines from next season, are keen to bring back the Spaniard.

"This is the end of an era and so I have decided to leave my position after almost 23 marvellous and unforgettable years in addition to those spent at Enzo Ferrari's side in the 1970s,"said Montezemolo.

His departure leaves only Sir Frank Williams, McLaren's Ron Dennis and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as key players from the 70s.

"It is a bad day to lose Luca from F1,"said Ecclestone.

"He was the Ferrari brand and he led the team well. It's not easy to run an F1 team outside of England."

Express
11/09
4 Points
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Money Fiat shares rise after Ferrari boss quits

Shares in Italian carmaker Fiat have risen after Luca Cordero di Montezemolo resigned as the chairman of its Ferrari division. Mr Montezemolo's departure had been expected after Mr Marchionne said that Ferrari's poor Formula 1 performance this season was "unacceptable".The Fiat boss also wanted Ferrari to be more closely integrated into the company and increase annual sales to about 10,000 cars.

Shares in Italian carmaker Fiat have risen after Luca Cordero di Montezemolo resigned as the chairman of its Ferrari division.

He will be replaced after 23 years by Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne.

The stock gained 2.7% to 7.91 euros in afternoon trading in Milan following the announcement.

Mr Montezemolo's departure had been expected after Mr Marchionne said that Ferrari's poor Formula 1 performance this season was "unacceptable".

The Fiat boss also wanted Ferrari to be more closely integrated into the company and increase annual sales to about 10,000 cars.

However, Mr Montezemolo, 67, who began his career as an assistant to founder Enzo Ferrari, wanted to maintain the division's independence and exclusivity by limiting sales to about 7,000 a year.

He said on Wednesday that Ferrari was "the most wonderful company in the world".

He added: "It has been a great privilege and honour to have been its leader. I devoted all of my enthusiasm and commitment to it over the years. Together with my family, it was, and continues to be, the most important thing in my life."

While Ferrari would continue to play an important role in the newly merged Fiat Chrysler group, Mr Montezemolo said it would mark a "new and different phase" that he believed should be headed by the chief executive of the group.

"This is the end of an era," he added.

Ferrari dominated Formula 1 in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher led the team to six consecutive constructors' championships.

The team has failed to win a constructors' title since 2008 and last won the driver's title the previous year, when Kimi Raikkonen was the champion.

Mr Marchionne said on Sunday it was "absolutely non-negotiable" that Ferrari, which is suffering its worst season for two decades, should win Formula 1 races.

Mr Montezemolo will step down on 13 October, after celebrations to mark 60 years of selling cars in the US and three days before Fiat-Chrysler lists on the New York Stock Exchange.

He stepped down as Fiat chairman in 2010 after six years, handing over to John Elkann, a grandson of Gianni Agnelli, whose family owns almost a third of Fiat.

The high-profile Mr Montezemolo remains vice-president of UniCredit, Italy's biggest bank by assets, and is a former chairman of Confindustria, Italy's business lobby group.

Despite Ferrari accounting for a fraction of the 4.4 million vehicles sold annually by Fiat-Chrysler, the six-figure price tags for its cars mean that the division brought in 12% of operating profit.

Ferrari's net profit rose 5.4% to 246m euros last year after selling 6,922 cars, a third of them in the US.

BBC
10/09
6 Points
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People Michael Schumacher moves back home

The seven-times Formula 1 world champion has been under the care of medics since he was placed in a medically-induced coma after hitting his head on a rock in the French Alps resort of Meribel in December (13).

In June (14), he regained consciousness and was moved to a hospital closer to his Swiss base, and on Tuesday (09Sep14) it emerged the sports star has been transferred back home to continue his treatment.

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm says, "Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead."

Express
09/09
9 Points
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Tech Michael Schumacher leaves hospital for first time since devastating skiing accident

 

Michael Schumacher is to continue his road to recovery from severe head injuries following a skiing accident in December from his home in Switzerland.

In June this year Schumacher was moved from a hospital in Grenoble, where he had been cared for since the end of December following the accident, to the University Hospital in Lausanne.

Despite being released from hospital, his family said that Schumacher still has ‘a long and difficult road ahead’.

After eight weeks at the Lausanne facility, it has now been decided Schumacher will make the short 25-mile journey back to his house at Gland on the shores of Lake Geneva to continue his rehabilitation.

Seven-times Formula One world champion Schumacher has not been home for almost nine months since embarking on a skiing holiday with his family in the French resort of Meribel.

It was there the accident took place, with Schumacher hitting his head on a rock in a fall that resulted in him being placed in a medically-induced coma for a number of months due to the nature of his head injuries.

Although Schumacher finally emerged from the coma in mid-June, so allowing him to be transferred to Lausanne, progress remains slow, albeit sufficient enough for him to head home.

A statement from Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, read: ‘Michael’s rehabilitation will continue from now on from home.

MORE: Michael Schumacher’s medical files ‘stolen and offered for sale’

‘Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months.

‘There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

‘We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.

‘We ask the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculation about his state of health is avoided.’

Metro
09/09
10 Points

Sports Marcello Marateotto’s car narrowly misses spectators in shocking crash at Spa

A group of spectators had a lucky escape over the weekend, as they watched the Radical Euromasters series at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit.Marcello Marateotto suffered a shocking crash as his type blew coming into the Eau Rouge corner, causing his car to hit the type wall and fly through the air .

A group of spectators had a lucky escape over the weekend, as they watched the Radical Euromasters series at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Marcello Marateotto suffered a shocking crash as his type blew coming into the Eau Rouge corner, causing his car to hit the type wall and fly through the air ? towards some onlooking fans.

The driver and spectators were all fortunately unharmed, but the 600km race was cut short after just six laps following the incident.

Tristan Viidas, leading at the time of the crash, was declared the winner.

MORE: Michael Schumacher to leave hospital for first time since devastating skiing accident

Metro
09/09
9 Points
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Michael Schumacher returns home to continue treatment

Nearly nine months after his shock skiing accident the Formula One driver has left the Lausanne hospital in Switzerland and will continue treatment on his extensive head injuries at home. 

The 45-year-old had been in hospital since hitting his head on a rock during a skiing holiday in the French resort of Meribel on December 29.

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm confirmed the news in a statement saying the motor-racing legend had made good progress in the "past weeks and months". 

She said: “Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home.

 “Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at the CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.

“We ask that the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided." 

Schumacher's wife, Corinna, said earlier this month that he was "getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case he's improving."

Schumacher was placed in a medically-induced coma in January to decrease swelling around his brain, and doctors operated to remove blood clots from his head at Grenoble University Hospital

The racing driver was later transferred to the hospital Lausanne, which is nearer to his home.

Schumacher holds most of the records in Formula One, including the most-ever number of Grand Prix wins and World Championships.

He retired from the sport in 2006 after winning five consecutive titles with Ferrari, before returning in 2010 with Mercedes.

The German retired for a second time at the end of 2012.

Express
09/09
3 Points
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Michael Schumacher leaves hospital for recovery at home

Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital to continue his recovery at home, his manager says.

Sabine Kehm said in a statement that he had made "progress", but there was "a long and difficult road ahead".

Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in France in December last year and was transferred to the Swiss hospital in June.

Schumacher's family said in June that he had come out of a medically induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain.

Schumacher spent six months at a hospital in France after his accident, before being transferred to the hospital in Lausanne. His family home is in Gland, which is on the shores of Lake Geneva, some 40km (25 miles) from Lausanne.

"Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," Ms Kehm said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement did not give any indication of whether there had been a change in the state of Schumacher's health.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided," it added.

His family and manager also thanked the team at CHUV Lausanne hospital "for their thorough and competent work".

Schumacher underwent two operations to remove blood clots from his brain before he was put into a medically induced coma to try to reduce swelling.

Investigators probing the accident at the French ski resort of Meribel said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash.

He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, they said.

Last month, a man arrested on suspicion of leaking Michael Schumacher's medical files was found hanged in his cell.

The man, who has not been named, was a manager at Swiss air rescue firm Rega, which was involved in the transfer of Schumacher from Grenoble, France, to Lausanne.

Schumacher's medical records were allegedly stolen and offered for sale to several newspapers.

BBC
09/09
10 Points
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Michael Schumacher leaves hospital for recovery at home

Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital to continue his recovery at home, his manager says.

Sabine Kehm said in a statement that he had made "progress", but there was "a long and difficult road ahead".

Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in France in December last year and was transferred to the Swiss hospital in June.

Schumacher's family said in June that he had come out of a medically induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain.

Schumacher spent six months at a hospital in France after his accident, before being transferred to the hospital in Lausanne. His family home is in Gland, which is on the shores of Lake Geneva, some 40km (25 miles) from Lausanne.

"Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," Ms Kehm said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement did not give any indication of whether there had been a change in the state of Schumacher's health.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided," it added.

His family and manager also thanked the team at CHUV Lausanne hospital "for their thorough and competent work".

Schumacher underwent two operations to remove blood clots from his brain before he was put into a medically induced coma to try to reduce swelling.

Investigators probing the accident at the French ski resort of Meribel said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash.

He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, they said.

Last month, a man arrested on suspicion of leaking Michael Schumacher's medical files was found hanged in his cell.

The man, who has not been named, was a manager at Swiss air rescue firm Rega, which was involved in the transfer of Schumacher from Grenoble, France, to Lausanne.

Schumacher's medical records were allegedly stolen and offered for sale to several newspapers.

BBC
09/09
0 Points
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Eight-year-old who wrote 'Ferrari Adventure' book sent letter by Michael Schumacher's wife

"Aidan is truly inspirational and I'm sure local families and other aspiring young authors will truly delight in Ferrari Adventure," she said.

Aidan Gormley, eight, who wrote the children's book, posted a copy to Michael, 45, at the clinic in Switzerland where he is fighting to regain normality after spending nearly six months in a medically induced coma.

In reply Corinna, who spends hours each day at his bedside trying to coax him to speak and move, said; "I would like to thank you for your best wishes and your kind present, which help us to move forward in those difficult times.

"It feels good to receive so many friendly wishes for recovery and other well-meant words", Corinna went on. She added that it meant a lot to her family to receive such wonderful support from people.

While Michael's future remains uncertain, Corinna has left powerful words of optimism and motivation. "Our Michael is a fighter and he will never give up".

Schumacher suffered grave head injuries during a ski accident on December 29 last year when he smashed into hidden rocks in the French Alps at Meribel.  He was helicoptered to the University Hospital in Grenoble where he underwent two back-to-back emergency operations and was not expected to last the night.

He recovered sufficiently from his coma to be moved to the Lausanne rehabiliation clinic in June where he remains immobile and mute.  He acknowledges people with occasional flickerings of his eyes, according to sources close to the family.

Aidan, from Omagh, is a pupil at Holy Family Primary School in Co. Tyrone and counts Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl as his favourite authors. His book tells the story of a young car fanatic called Johnny out on a day of adventure.

"Johnny's favourite hobby is playing with fast cars," Aidan said. "I got into a Ferrari at the launch for the book. It was class ? I got to rev it.

My friends have said about me being the first person from Holy Family to have a book published and my teacher said well done.

"I am pleased to have received the letter from Michael's wife.  I hope he gets completely better."

Aidan's father Mark said he, wife Pauline and their three other children were very proud of his success so far.

"Aidan's strong point is his determination. He has his head set on something and he'll torture us until he gets it or does it himself."

Shauna Dunlop from Emain Publications, the book publishers, also praised Aidan's efforts. "Aidan is truly inspirational and I'm sure local families and other aspiring young authors will truly delight in Ferrari Adventure," she said.

Express
03/09
19 Points
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