Montezemolo: News about Schumacher 'not good'

The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland.

Retired Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher. Picture: Facebook.

MILAN - The latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said on Thursday.

The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland following severe head injuries that he suffered in a skiing accident in France in December 2013.

"I have news and unfortunately it is not good," Montezemolo told reporters without giving any further details.

"Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident with Ferrari in 1999", the former Ferrari chairman said.

Lewis Hamilton's third Formula One world championship also serves as a reminder of how remarkable Schumacher's achievements were, his former Ferrari boss Jean Todt said on last year.

"It was interesting last week after Lewis was world champion for the third time, you saw the figures," Todt told reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix, which follows the US race in Austin where Hamilton sealed the title.

"And I was very proud of what Michael did and sometimes you tend to forget what he did.

"Michael is a close friend, his family is very close to me and I am very close to them as well. I see Michael very often and Michael is still fighting. And we must keep him fighting, with the family."

Sunday's race will be the first Mexican Grand Prix since 1992, which was also the first time Schumacher appeared on a Formula One podium.