Formula 1 - Speed not a factor in Schumacher fall

Michael Schumacher was not skiing at high speed when he fell and hit a rock, according to his official spokesperson Sabine Kehm.

Although Kehm was not present at the ski trip in Meribel, after speaking to other members of Schumacher's skiing party, she believes that the accident on Sunday happened at low speed.

"Michael and the group have been skiing on normal slopes," she said

"In between red and blue slopes there was an area and they went into that.

"He helped a friend who had fallen and went into deep snow, hit a rock and was catapulted into the air and landed head down.

"It was extreme bad luck, not because he was at speed."

Schumacher remains in an induced coma in Grenoble hospital, although there has been a slight improvement in his condition overnight.

The surgeons who have attended to him believe that had he not been wearing a ski helmet he would not have survived the fall.