Schumacher in “critical” state after skiing accident

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 2012In the round-up: Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after suffering head injuries in an accident while skiing in France.

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Michael Schumacher undergoes tests after injuring head in skiing accident (The Guardian)

Grenoble hospital spokesman Jean-Marc Grenier: “Mr Schumacher was admitted to Grenoble hospital at 12.40pm following a skiing accident in Meribel towards the end of the morning. On his arrival, he was suffering from severe head trauma, with a coma, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical state.”

Force India ‘can break top five’ (Autosport)

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Mike Spence was born on this day in 1936. He gained swift promotion to F1 with Lotus in 1964 and some encouraging results including fourth in Mexico earned him a second year. After making more progress in 1965, and taking a podium finish again in Mexico, he was dropped in favour of the returning Peter Arundell.

He continued to race a Lotus in 1966 but driving for Reg Parnell instead of Colin Chapman meant he had to make do with an older 25 instead of the cutting-edge 33. He switched to BRM the following year but the results remained no better than fifth.

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154 comments on Schumacher in “critical” state after skiing accident

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  1. HoHum (@hohum) said on 30th December 2013, 0:06

    Get well soon Michael.

    Life is dangerous, not just F1.

  2. lluismf said on 30th December 2013, 0:07

    Lewis’ tweet is from one day ago, nothing to do with Michael.

    • Ben Thomas (@madaboutgp) said on 30th December 2013, 0:08

      Well pointed out. I’d hate to hear someone slate Lewis for that tweet whilst all the others picked for today’s round up are about Schumi.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th December 2013, 0:10

      There’s nothing unusual about either of those two points. The Tweet is from the last 24 hours, which obviously is the time period normally covered in the daily round-ups. And the Tweets section typically isn’t limited to a single topic.

      • Poor show really. 1st a topic that claims Lewis singing in a pop song which turned out to be untrue then displaying a tweet of his explanation at the bottom of multiple tweets from other drivers all paying tribute to Schumacher.
        I hope your cheap stunt at trying to reduce his popularity backfires.

      • AlokIn (@alokin) said on 30th December 2013, 3:35

        @Keith, This tweet completely out of the context, it seems you always try your best tarnish Lewis’s image knowingly or unknowingly. IMO this is disgrace to journalism. Get well soon.

        • dragoll (@dragoll) said on 30th December 2013, 4:05

          Ease up @alokin@keithcollantine has already explained that the Tweets section isn’t limited to 1 topic and given that people have tried to report that Lewis has released a song in the last few days, that tweet has earned its placing in the round up. It doesn’t put Lewis in bad light at all, if anything it clears up the above mentioned issue.
          If you still feel put out by the round up, you do always have the option not to read it.

          • SkinBintin (@skinbintin) said on 30th December 2013, 4:55

            While true, in this context with all the other tweets related directly to MSC’s situation, and the way Lewis’s tweet is last in the list, it removes the tweet from it’s context and makes it appear as if it’s related to the rest of the included tweets.

            To a reader that doesn’t follow their tweets in real time, it can easily look like Lewis’s tweet as a negative.

        • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 30th December 2013, 4:57

          Overreaction much @alokin? The tweets section covers a number of topics in any given day. The Hamilton music story was in Saturday’s roundup and in the comments a number of people said things which weren’t exactly complimentary, so yes, that tweet deserves to be mentioned in todays roundup seeing as it appeared in the last 24 hours.

          • @geemac why accuse alokin of over-reacting when @skinbintin explains quite lucidly what the issue is:

            While true, in this context with all the other tweets related directly to MSC’s situation, and the way Lewis’s tweet is last in the list, it removes the tweet from it’s context and makes it appear as if it’s related to the rest of the included tweets.

            To a reader that doesn’t follow their tweets in real time, it can easily look like Lewis’s tweet as a negative.

            I agree 100% and the Hamilton tweet is totally devoid of necessary context.

          • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 30th December 2013, 12:18

            @joepa I’m not on twitter so I don’t have the luxury of following them in real time either, but I do follow the sport and this blog, so when I read the roundup I knew exactly why the tweet was there.

            The statement that it was an overreaction relates to him saying including the tweet in the roundup was “a disgrace to journalism”.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th December 2013, 8:00

        To Adam and @alokin. This is getting very silly now. I don’t know how I can more clearly explain that I’ve treated it in the normal way I would in a round-up. It’s not as if it’s the only thing in there that’s not to do with Schumacher: look at Links, From the Forum or On this Day for example.

        And why I should give a toss about making him or anyone else seem more or less popular I have no idea.

        • Metallion (@metallion) said on 30th December 2013, 8:17

          Absolutely. This is after all a news round-up which means a round-up of articles and a round-up of tweets, it’s not a news article about Schumacher’s injury. Keep up the great work Keith.

        • @keithcollantine – the fact that you keep trying to defend yourself rather than just rectify the situation by clarifying the context for Hamilton’s tweet and making it crystal clear that it’s not connected to Schumacher just shows that those who called attention to this like @skinbintin were right to do so.

        • caci99 (@caci99) said on 30th December 2013, 10:52

          @keithcollantine Personally I don’t mind at all, but obviously there are people out there who like to grab on the slightest opportunity to make a bull out of a fly.
          Meanwhile folks, lets not get into these silly discussions, and hope for a good recovery of Schumacher who has been an important part of the sport we do love and gives us thrills all year long, even when it is not running.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 30th December 2013, 20:18

          @keithcollantine, As you state, you have done absolutely nothing wrong here and certainly you have not attempted to smeer Lewis H. If people are too stupid to put news from the round-up in context it is not your fault. Please keep up the good work and don’t attempt to pander to these people.

        • Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 31st December 2013, 4:12

          And why I should give a toss about making him or anyone else seem more or less popular I have no idea.

          @keithcollantine

          You don’t need (nor CAN you) make someone more or less popular even if you tried. But I personally think that tweet doesn’t belong there. Nor does the follow-up language.

          • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 31st December 2013, 5:01

            But I personally think that tweet doesn’t belong there. Nor does the follow-up language.

            @maksutov What is the issue here? Placing a tweet from an F1 driver in the Tweets section of the Daily F1F roundup? Just because the roundup is a short one doesn’t make it a dedicated post on the condition of Schumacher nor is it a selection of tweets wishing Schumacher speedy recovery.

            The only thing that @keithcollantine could have done is to place the tweets in chronological order, so that all those who get confused by the so called ‘context’ can get their things right.

      • Supersix1 said on 31st December 2013, 17:20

        Still haven’t seen Keith make any attempt to correct this rubbish fictional story. He seems to be happy to allow his site to become a meeting area for some nasty. it’s such a shame and waste of what was a potentially good site. This is why i don’t visit anymore. Keith…surely do u not feel embarrassed when u see the collection of nasty troll comments? Do u not feel ashamed when some people are allowed to post nasty comments personally aimed at individuals (drivers) & their loved-ones (eg. Nicole). It’s below being gutter press. Hopefully one of ur New Years resolutions will be to adopt some moral fibre. On the Michael Schumacher situation..I find it a bit of a joke how suddenly some of our media individuals, ex-drivers and pundits suddenly develop a heart after years of berating Michael & trying to make him a villain out of sheer bitterness – hope their good wishes are genuine & not made for the purpose of their own publicity.
        My thoughts and prayers are with Michael & his family…come on mate u can pull through!

    • Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 30th December 2013, 0:12

      Obviously not, but this is today’s round-up so it is supposed to include other tweets also.

      I know Lewis made that tweet before Michael’s accident, but I must say that in this context it’s quite amusingly in contrast with other driver’s tweets.

    • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 30th December 2013, 0:15

      Well, 1:57 AM, technically it was from the same day as the other tweets.

      I raised an eyebrow when I saw that tweet, but I understand why Keith included it (Linked to a previous round-up headliner). I just think in the context it’s been a bit misinterpreted. Remember that the tweet was sent out nearly 12 hours before the accident, even longer before we knew what was going on..

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 30th December 2013, 0:08

    Get Well Soon Schumi ….

    The news keeps getting worse over the day…… Hope we get better news from here on.

  4. I would have omitted Hamilton’s tweet to be frank, or at least specially sectioned it – it just looks a bit egoistical in the context (which I know is emphatically not the case).

    I am really worried for Michael currently though and I just hope that Gary Hartstein is correct in what he is saying and that Michael will be absolutely fine. I don’t suppose that his injuries are anything like as severe as Massa’s were after his head injury so hopefully he can make a speedy and full recovery!

  5. Slr (@slr) said on 30th December 2013, 0:10

    I really hope Schumacher turns out to be okay, he’s won many battles and hopefully this is another one where he emerges victorious. He’s the best driver ever in my opinion.

  6. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 30th December 2013, 0:11

    Thanks for the round up Keith. It is amazing to see so much of support pouring in for Michael. I really hope that he pulls this one through. He is the one driver I always supported throughout. He was the one why I got hooked onto F1.

  7. Calum (@calum) said on 30th December 2013, 0:13

    So the “Hamilton makes debut as pop vocalist” daily round-up on the 28th of December was nonsense. I’m disappointed. :(

  8. celeste (@celeste) said on 30th December 2013, 0:14

    Prayers with Schumi and his family.

  9. HoHum (@hohum) said on 30th December 2013, 0:21

    Next years engine performance rankings are likely to remain unknown for a lot longer than normal as, like in free practice, we will not know how much fuel is effecting performance but in this case it will be how much is being burnt rather than how much is being carried.

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 30th December 2013, 6:36

      @hohum Quite the opposite, as everyone will carry the same amount of fuel at the start and the flow is limited, the cars that finish ahead will obviously be the ones that had the most powerful engine.

      With the old ones more power could compensate for a higher fuel consumption (heavier car) but that’s not possible anymore, efficiency is now more directly related to lap time than it’s ever been.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 30th December 2013, 20:35

        @mantresx, Sorry to have to bring up the past again but when engines were free of development restrictions their performance was observable when they were first tested, I am saying this time we will have to wait longer at least until the 1st.race or I suspect longer because as RBR/Renault have demonstrated there is more to winning F1 than horsepower.

  10. nackavich (@nackavich) said on 30th December 2013, 0:23

    Woke up to this news a couple of hours ago and waited for the roundup to get the right info.
    Here’s to hoping he makes a full recovery, such a shock to hear.

  11. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 30th December 2013, 0:23

    We all pray for Schumi to recover.

  12. Chris (@ukphillie) said on 30th December 2013, 0:24

    That comment by Hamilton at the bottom of the Tweet list is really out of place.

    I know it’s not HAMs fault…..Hey, maybe F1Fanatic can be the ONLY F1 news source or newspaper or blog to apologise for writing false news? No one else has, including the Daily Mail, they just Room 101′d it.

    • zippyone (@zippyone) said on 30th December 2013, 0:26

      Not just that, it is completely irrelevant when we have Schumi fighting for his life, who cares whether Lewis sang a song or didn’t right now?!!!!!!!

      • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 30th December 2013, 0:28

        @zippyone Note when Hamilton posted his message.

        • zippyone (@zippyone) said on 30th December 2013, 0:32

          @philereid yes I am aware of when Hamilton posted his message, what I mean’t was it shouldn’t be included in the tweets section of the roundup – it is irrelevant

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th December 2013, 0:38

            @zippyone No it isn’t – it’s a subject that was mentioned here a few days ago. The Tweets section often includes Tweets on more than one subject.

          • zippyone (@zippyone) said on 30th December 2013, 0:51

            It is irrelevant right now when many people care so passionately about what happens to Schumi, how is Lewis making a song/not making a song even F1 news in the first place?

            Anyway we have a long wait ahead for news so it’s a nice distraction, maybe?

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 30th December 2013, 3:25

            One big story doesn’t negate all others. Modern news coverage might have you believe otherwise, but that isn’t how it should be.

      • Chris (@ukphillie) said on 30th December 2013, 0:32

        Yeah it’s out of place, as I said.

        Maybe could have modified the original article with the updated news.

        Anyway, not the end of the world, I’m sure Keith didn’t mean anything by it, just a tiny oversight.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th December 2013, 0:39

          @ukphillie It’s not “out of place” and it’s not an “oversight”, it’s exactly where it would normally be in the round-up.

          I can’t help but think the wrong thing is being focused on here.

          • Chris (@ukphillie) said on 30th December 2013, 0:47

            Doesn’t bother me, just ”looked” out of place.

            You’re right though, such trivial crap is for another time.

          • Dusty in California (@dusty-in-california) said on 30th December 2013, 2:28

            It’s exactly this kind of inability to admit an error, or even a minor lapse in judgement, that caused me to cancel my support of this site. Keith, you’re an incredible journalist, but you need to park your ego and listen to others. Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life and you’re arguing about whether it’s right to include a silly tweet. You’re damn right that the focus is in the wrong place.

          • Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 30th December 2013, 3:17

            @dusty-in-california It’s not about ego here, if @keithcollantine had not included that tweet, it would mean that he is unwilling to admit his error because of the 28 Dec roundup. By including LH’s tweet, it shows that he knows that particular headline was wrong. Him saying that it wasn’t an oversight just goes to show that he deliberately included the tweet, that’s all.

            Caused you to cancel support of the site? What, Keith is supposed to feel bad now?

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 30th December 2013, 3:32

            What error or lapse in judgement? This is a news round-up, and Hamilton’s tweet was a (some would say vaguely) relevant bit of news. He’s arguing against an unreasonable issue people have.

            Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life and you’re arguing about whether it’s right to include a silly tweet.

            Wait, so if other people make an accusation and you defend yourself, you’re guilty of an unnecessary argument, which you imply to be a callous action? And you haven’t just involved yourself in that argument (also callously)? As have I unfortunately.

          • salcrich said on 30th December 2013, 9:05

            I read through pages of comment for and against LH because of his pop debut a few days ago. How can it not therefore be relevant to the round up to publish a denial of the story. Yes it looks strange in this printed list but the information is all there for readers to then put it in context without being “offended”, and even less reason to impune KC’s integrity. Let’s maintain a sense of proportion.

    • Seriously? I didn’t even know the tweet was there. Did you guys really read 15 tweets saying “get well”? I thought it was the perfect place for Hamilton’s usual drivel.

  13. jonathan102 (@jonathan102) said on 30th December 2013, 0:24

    Lewis just sounds more and more pathetic. He really should stop using twitter.

  14. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 30th December 2013, 0:27

    Come on Schumi, you can get through this!

  15. I cannot tell a lie… I chuckled good and loud at reading through the list of MSC tweets to get to Lewis Hamilton’s tweet about not recording that awful noise. It was perfect, in so many ways…

    Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Michael.

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