Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004

Tributes pour in as Schumacher fights for his life

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004In the round-up: Major figures from the motor racing world and beyond express their concern for Michael Schumacher as he remains in intensive care following his skiing accident in France.


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Thank you for your support (Michael Schumacher)

Message from Schumacher’s family: “Following Michael’s skiing accident, we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery. They are giving us great support.”

Michael Schumacher: disaster lurked in the pristine Alpine resort of Meribel (The Guardian)

“After the impact, Schumacher was conscious but “stunned’, neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes told a news conference at the hospital on Monday. ‘He didn’t respond to questions after the accident. He didn’t have a normal neurological reaction’.”

The Monday Press Conference (A Former F1 Doc Writes)

“This press conference was rather more reassuring than what I expected. I?ll admit that I feared an announcement of a second operation for persistently elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), and the fact that that?s not been needed is good.”

Injuries could take days to ‘reach peak’ (ESPN)

“[Schumacher] received probably the best possible care that you could imagine in the circumstances. He had the brain injury and within minutes a team of medics were there and they airlifted him to hospital. Within half an hour he was assessed and being flown to the neurological unit in Grenoble.”

Statement on Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)

“We have been shocked to learn that he is in a critical condition and are closely monitoring the latest medical bulletins from Grenoble.”

Michael in everyone?s thoughts at Ferrari (Ferrari)

“Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher?s accident. That includes the president, Luca di Montezemolo, who through the Scuderia team principal Stefano Domenicali is in constant contact with the family and those close to the German champion.”

Brundle and Hill hope for Schumi (Sky)

Martin Brundle: “Michael’s accident is distressing and a great shock, and we have to be very concerned about his chances of survival and return to full health. From what we are told it looks very serious indeed, and we can only hope for the best along with his lovely family.”

Lauda: Reliability key to 2014 title (Autosport)

“Next year is not speed, it is reliability. It is what we all have to work for.”

Toro Rosso Factory Tour ?ǣ Video & Images (ScarbsF1)

“Toro Rosso have released a YouTube video of a complete factory tour. Both informative and in depth, the video shows us some detail of the car we do not usually get to see.”

Nelson Piquet drives the Brabham BT52 at Goodwood (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)


Comment of the day

@Dragoll was one of many people to express their deep concern over Schumacher’s condition and I’m sure speaks for many of us at this time:

I am deeply saddened by the news of Schumacher’s accident.

I have always been a Schumacher fan since he appeared for Jordan at Spa in 1991, so it troubles me greatly that he in a coma and fighting for his life. These feelings are exactly the same as how I felt when Karl Wendlinger was put into an induced coma after a crash in Monaco coming out of the tunnel. I sincerely wish that Schumacher can pull through this, just as Wendlinger did back then.

The saddest part of this, is that his birthday is around the corner, he will be 45 on the 3rd January. I hope to see him celebrate that milestone, plus many more years.

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On this day in F1

Three years ago today I ran an interview with Cosworth’s then-business manager Mark Gallagher, who had the following to say about the new engine rules which were being planned at the time and are now being implemented in time for next season:

What Cosworth wanted to see from the negotiations wasn?t a specific engine but a specific economic model that would make it possible for an independent engine supplier to afford to develop a competitive engine that would be affordable to our customers.

The fact that Cosworth are no longer supplying engines rather suggests that was not achieved. Sadly, one of Formula One’s most successful engine manufacturers has now left the sport.

Image ?? Ferrari/Ercole Colombo