F1: Schumacher Was Not Traveling Fast When He Crashed

A general view of the slopes Biche and Chamois on the Saulire Mountain where was involved in an incident while skiing in Meribel, France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher was not traveling at speed when he fell on the ski slopes on Sunday morning – and had just helped a friend who had already fallen.

Inevitably, there had earlier been speculation that Schumacher, who was skiing with his son and a group of friends, had been testing the limits, especially as his accident had happened off-course. However, that is not the case.

“Michael and the group had been skiing on slopes that were normal slopes,” longtime Schumacher spokesperson Sabine Kehm reported Tuesday. “Then there is a blue slope and a red slope, and in between there was a part which was deep snow, and Michael went into that. From everything the people told me, he was not even at high speed, because it seems that he even helped a friend who just had fallen on the piste.

“So he started to ski again, went into this deep snow, and apparently, this is what we guess, hit a rock which he had not seen when he wanted to do a curve, and he was kind of catapulted into the air and, apparently, head down, hitting another rock, which was an extremely bad and unfortunate circumstance, and not because he was speeding too much. I have spoken with several people, and also ski teachers, and they tell me it can even happen at 10 kilometers per hour. It is just very, very unfortunate.”

Meanwhile, it has emerged that a journalist disguised as a priest tried to gain access to Schumacher’s room on Monday. His identity has not been reported.