Michael Schumacher Coma Update: F1 Champ Not Getting Any Better, Doctors and Family Maintain Silence

Doctors attending to the health of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher have told fans to prepare for the worst possible news.

The 45-year-old former racing champion had an accident late December of last year while skiing at a private club in the Alps. Schumacher hit his head and he's been comatose ever since.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Gary Hartstein, Schumacher's personal physician, said that the F1 champion's condition is getting worse.

"I'm quite afraid (and virtually certain) we will never have any good news about Michael," Hartstein told the Telegraph. "At this point, I rather dread seeing that the family has put out a press release."

Hartstein said that he could not think of any possible reason for Schumacher's family and close friends not to disclose information to fans if there are improvements in Schumacher's condition. Reports showed that his entourage is extremely protective of the champion racer's privacy.

Last April, Sabine Kehm, manager of Schumacher issued a statement about the former champion's condition.

"Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident," the statement read.

But since the issued statement, Roger Benoit, member of the F1 media, said that a lot of people are starting to get really worried because the Grenoble doctors and Schumacher's family have been silent.

Reports said that it has been 18 weeks since the last updates were publicly given.

Doctors not involved in Schumacher's case said that, assuming the champion driver recovers, it will take time for him to be back in normal form. He would have to learn how to talk, eat and walk again.

Peter Hutchinson, a professor at Cambridge University, said in an interview with the Mirror that it would take Schumacher a whole lot of time to recover from his injury assuming that he survives.

"It is not as if someone will switch on the light and the patient is all there," Hutchinson told the Mirror. "He will probably come back to a world he does not know."