Kuala Lumpur: Formula One's former chief doctor has said "serious lapses" in early treatment may have worsened Michael Schumacher's (45) condition and warned his chances of recovery from a skiing accident are decreasing.
Gary Hartstein, F1 medical delegate until 2012, wrote on his blog that he had learned "from usually impeccable sources who have access to this information" that mistakes were made in the German's initial care.
"Serious lapses in judgement were evident during Michael's initial management. These lapses could (and almost certainly did) worsen the outcome in Michael's case," he wrote.
Hartstein later clarified on Twitter that he was referring to "botched" pre-hospital care and not standards at France's Grenoble hospital, where Schumi is being treated and is an induced coma after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident on Dec 29.