Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 2012

Schumacher in “critical” state after skiing accident

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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)

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley: “If we have made the right decision on the powertrain, and we won’t know that until we start running, we have got to be looking at podiums and at least fifth place next year. That will be the target.”


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More on Mike Beuttler from @Girts:

Thanks for mentioning Mike Beuttler, the only known gay driver in the history of F1.

I would like to add that Beuttler was a talented driver, who won several races in Formula Three and Formula Two against James Hunt and several other drivers, who would later go to F1. His nickname was ??Blocker? because he used to close the door on the overtaking driver.

Beuttler?s F1 career never really came off as he didn?t manage to score a point in his 28 grand prix appearances. His financial support came from several London stockbrokers so the 1973-74 stock market crash put an end to his career.

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On this day in F1

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.

After Jim Clark’s death in 1968 Spence was welcomed back to Lotus. But he was struck by a wheel in a crash during practice for the Indianapolius 500 and died.

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  1. Don’t think I have ever said this before…Come on Schumi ! thoughts and prayers with Michael.

  2. Since I started following motorsports any fatalities hurt. You get emotionally attached to the men and women who race.

    I was in aghast when I saw Marco Simoncelli succumb to his injuries. It left me emotionally shocked and took a few days to sink in. I can relate to what @colossal-squid is saying. I went to sleep last night feeling scared that next morning, I might hear the worst news and trust me, I cannot focus today as I still fear the worst.

    Would be an utter shock to loose him so early and in this fashion. Can’t imagine what his family must be going through right now.

  3. I keep checking F1Fanatic expecting to read the worst. I’m so glad I haven’t and I hope I don’t have to.

    To his family… Many here understand your feelings and pray not only for Michael, but for you.

  4. Let’s hope that (1 he recovers and (2 its a full recovery.

    My thoughts to his family.

  5. My thoughts are with Schumi and his family. Fingers crossed that he comes through this none the worse for wear. Waiting for the press conference is going to be just agonising.

  6. There are unconfirmed reports in the French media that Schumacher had a second operation overnight.

    Responding to that thought, Gary Hartstein writes: “Rumors of a 2nd operation would ofc not be welcome news. Will actively repress that thought until later if necessary.”

    There is no official word to confirm this and we’re awaiting an update from the hospital at around 10am GMT.

  7. Here we go.

    “When he arrived he had a serious brain injury and was in a coma,” says the first speaker.

    “He still remains in a critical condition.”

    And the professor adds: “He was immediately operated on after the first scan.”

    1. So the news is just very appalling. I am just getting more and more nervous about the outcome now.

    2. The professor adds: “For the moment we are not able to express ourselves in regards to Michael Schumacher’s future.

      “He’s been given an artificial coma.

      “His situation is considered to be critical.

      “He was operated on only once.

      “We’re not able to speak about after-effects, just treatment. We’re working hour-by-hour.”

      1. Steph (@stephanief1990)
        30th December 2013, 10:21

        They also mentioned he suffered legions on his brain and he’s still fighting for his life.

        Everyone is desperate for news but head injuries always take time to declare themselves. IIRC Massa was in an induced coma for around a week and it was months before anyone knew whether he could race again – of course, that was very different but it just shows that it takes a while to learn anything. It’ll probably be at least days before we really know anything (if his condition doesn’t deteriorate further and I really hope that it doesn’t).

        1. It’s a nervous time for all of us!

  8. Abdurahman (@)
    30th December 2013, 10:48

    Wow, hope Schumi pulls through. He is the real deal, dabbled in superbikes, rides rodeo horses, is always karting, he has that real need for speed.

  9. I’m sorry Keith but your credibility has slipped a few notches for me.

    It’s bad enough that you regurgitate nonsense stories without making any checks – you know, what proper journalists are supposed to do – but to then compound the error by placing Hamilton’s rebuttal at the bottom of a list of tributes to Schumacher has the effect, intended or otherwise, of ‘lowering his reputation in the eyes of right-thinking people generally’ as the libel test has it.

    If I worked in the Mercedes press office I’d be steaming. Your claim that Hamilton’s tweet is included as part of a chronological round-up is disingenous. If that were the case, Hamilton’s tweet would be at the top because it was made before the Schumacher story broke. It would have been more honourable to have apologised for the original story and removed it. The truth is that Hamilton is such potent ‘click-bait’ that any old nonsense will run to generate page views …. Very poor show.

    1. Dan….let me guess….you are british, aren’t you?
      You just can help yourselves.
      You have to defend Lewis at any price. You can say the exact thing to Keith, adding Lewis is an *******.
      But you have to hurt Keith and defend Lewis honor.
      If you don’t like F1fanatic….do not come in. Nobody is holding a gun in your head to read it.

    2. Your claim that Hamilton’s tweet is included as part of a chronological round-up

      I never said the Tweets are listed chronologically and I expect you would only need to look back on a few past round-ups with multiple Tweets to see that has never been practice.

      It would have been more honourable to have apologised for the original story and removed it.

      What you’re suggesting runs the risk of giving some people the impression I never put up a story which Hamilton is now refuting, which I think would be dishonest. Better to leave the story there but edit it to draw attention to this development, which is what I have done both in the article and the comments beneath it.

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