Michael Schumacher's manager has revealed the Formula 1 great had a "secret dream" to disappear from public life before his life was forever changed by a skiing accident two years ago.
As Schumacher continues to receive care from full-time rehabilitation staff at his home in Lake Geneva his manager Sabine Kehm has spoken out saying the driver had always intended to "disappear" from the spotlight.
For this reason, Kehm said she has not revealed any information about his current condition.
Speaking at a media event at Lake Starnberg, she said: "In general the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna's private live. When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear he was a private individual.
"Once in a long discussion Michael said to me: 'You don't need to call me for the next year, I'm disappearing.'
"I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that some day. That's why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don't let anything get out."
Schumacher suffered a severe head injury while holidaying with friends and family in the French Alps on 29 December 2013. At the Grenoble Hospital he later underwent "immediate neurosurgical intervention" and had two life-saving operations.
At the media event, Kehm recalled the moment she found out about Schumacher's accident. She had got a call from a reporter asking if she could confirm the accident had taken place.
She said: "I couldn't confirm it - I was on holiday like a lot of people at the time. After five minutes a journalist was having a go at me asking why I wouldn't confirm the accident.
"I took a lot of calls that afternoon, tried to get information myself and to get hold of Michael.
"We had to try to secure the hospital and draft in security. We needed to keep the journalists away because it would have been difficult medically."
Kehm said she understood the media's need to report on matters of interest, but told attending journalists they needed to ask themselves what and how they report.
She recalled the scenes outside the hospital where Schumacher was being treated: "The car park and the hospital entrance were very full. People visiting other patients were spoken to and asked whether they knew anything. It was chaotic.
"There were also several instances of friends and relatives of other patients trying to get money from journalists. They wandered around and offered information about Michael.
"Doctors were spoken to by visitors and asked whether they might be able to take a photo on their phone and whether there were opportunities."