Jun.10 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Norbert Haug says he has his “fingers crossed” for his old friend Michael Schumacher.

The hunger in the media for news about the F1 legend is so strong that it emerged recently that paparazzi fly helicopters and even camera ‘drones’ above his mansion on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Official information about the health and condition of the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver has been closely guarded following his late 2013 skiing crash, but manager Sabine Kehm says the 46-year-old has always been fiercely private.

“You have to rely on what his management and family say,” Haug, the former Mercedes motor racing vice-president, told Austrian broadcaster Servus TV this week.

“Speculating is not right,” the German, whose relationship and career with Schumacher dates back decades, added.

“One can only pray and keep our fingers crossed,” he added.