Broken helmet worn by Michael Schumacher has been returned to his family by the French authorities
Broken helmet worn by Michael Schumacher has been returned to his family by the French authorities

Michael Schumacher's family have been given back the ski helmet the racing legend was wearing when he crashed on the slopes in the French Alps.

Wife Corinna received the grim memento from French investigators after they closed down their probe into the accidnent that has left the F1 driver in a coma for four months.

The helmet broke into three pieces when Schumacher hit his head on rocks while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel. He was been treated for devastating head injuries at Grenoble University Hospital since.

The helmet had a camera mounted upon it, which invesigators suspected may have made his injuries worse by acting like a hammer upon his head.

Local prosecutors looked in to the circumstances of the seven-time Formula One champion's crash to see if there was criminal liability. Officials in Albertville ruled that there was no third party involvement.

Schumacher remains in an induced coma, with his wife Corinna maintaining a round-the-clock vigil at his bedside.

His manager Sabine Kehm has warned that reports about his condition were hurting the family.

Kehm told German TV: "What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these.

"It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don't want to."