Michael Schumacher's health will continue to remain private, his manager Sabine Kehm said on Saturday.
Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident almost three years ago and while it was revealed in a court case back in September
that the seven-time F1 World Champion 'cannot walk', the full extent of his condition has been kept out of the wider media.
Speaking in a statement, following the launch of the 'Keep Fighting' initiative
, set up by his family to “spread the positive energy that supporters of Michael have expressed to him over the years”, Kehm added the decision to keep his health private was to “protect his intimate sphere”.
“Michael's health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard," Kehm confirmed. “We have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.”
Kehm also noted that while she is aware there is a desire from his fans to know how he is getting on, “we do this [keep knowledge of his condition private] with full commitment to Michael's guidelines and can only thank people for their understanding.
“Michael has always been very protective of his privacy, even during the most successful times of his career.
“He has always made sure there is a clear and distinct line between his public persona and his private one.”