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Schumi investigation 'progressing well'

Wednesday 8th January 2014

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Schumi investigation 'progressing well'

Schumi investigation 'progressing well'

The French investigators handling the inquiry into the causes of Michael Schumacher's skiing accident believes the investigation is 'progressing well' after examining the film from the helmet camera the German racing legend wore at the time.

Speaking at a press conference in Albertville on Wednesday, Chief Prosecutor Patrick Quincy added that Schumacher tried to reduce his speed ahead of the crash, but that the footage provided little information as to how fast he was actually going.

"[The press conference is] in order for false information not to be distributed," Quincy noted.

"With regard to the inquiry itself, it's progressing well.

"We've had a number of hearings from the emergency services on the spot - people that rented the skiis, witnesses.

"We had some analysis of the skiis and the helmet. We also examined the film that was made on the camera that was fixed on Mr Schumacher's head.

"That particular film was extremely legible and confirms the information we had at hand.

"It's difficult for me to evaluate the speed. The people involved in the inquiry are probably best to tell us how we can calculate the speed.

"Mr Schumacher is a very good skier. He was going on the left-hand side. He was on terrain that was more sloped.

"Because of that slope. He tried to reduce his speed, but there were few curves. We can't estimate his speed at kmph," another investigator says.

"Mr Schumacher was going down the piste until an intersection. He followed the piste to the left side and found himself off piste.

"At one point his skiis hit a rock and he falls forward. He hits his head about three metres below.

"Mr Schumacher is on the ground and he's at nine metres from the edge of the piste."

The investigators added that they only received the camera five days after the accident, because it was held by the Schumacher family at the Grenoable University Hospital where the 45-year-old remains in a medically induced coma.

"The camera had been kept by the family because of we were interested in the medical aspects," the lead investigator continued.

"The camera arrived later on.

"Mrs Schumacher was extremely co-operative."

Quincy also confirmed that the investigation will continue over the next few weeks and that the cause was unlikely to be related to an equipment failure or lack of signage.

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