Monthly Archives: December 2013

Schumacher Fell Trying To Help A Friend, Says His Manager

Sabhine Kehm, Michael Schumacher’s agent, has described how Schumacher’s accident occurred while trying to help a friend.

Schumacher, 44, remains in a medically induced coma today as doctors at the Grenoble hospital fight to save his life. He fell on an unmarked ski slope on Sunday morning, hitting his head on a rock and causing serious head injuries. Doctors today said that his condition had improved slightly, but that he remains critical.

“Michael and a group had been skiing on a slope which was a normal slope.” Ms. Kehm told journalists outside Grenoble hospital. “There was a slope with deep snow. Michael went into that and what people tell me is that he was not going at high-speed.”

“It seemed that he had helped a friend that had just fallen. So he started to ski again and went into deep snow, and apparently, this is what we guess, he hit a rock which he had not seen when he wanted to do a curve and he was catapulted in the air and he fell down hitting another rock which was extreme bad luck and circumstance.”

“I’ve spoken with several people and ski teachers and they tell me it can happen at even 10 kilometres per hour, it is just very unfortunate.”

She also told of how a journalist, whose identity has not been revealed, disguised himself as a priest in an attempt to get into Schumacher’s room yesterday.

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Doctors Report ‘Slight Improvement’, But Warn Schumacher Still Critical

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher in Grenoble have today said that the 44-year-old has shown a slight improvement, but warned that he is still in a critical condition.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since Sunday morning after suffering a ski fall at the Meribel Ski Resort in France. Upon arriving at Grenoble, he underwent immediate surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain.

After examinations on Monday night, doctors noticed an unexpected improvement in Schumacher’s condition and discovered a large hematoma on the left side of his brain which they could access. They conducted a surgery at 10pm on Monday and this helped to relieve the inter-cranial pressure.

“There was one hematoma that was larger and more accessible, so we were able to get rid of it without any risk,” said Dr. Emmanual Gay in a press-conference this morning. “Thanks to that we were better able to control inter-cranial pressure. There’s still a lot of hemorrhaging.”

They say that Schumacher’s condition has stabilised and that they will keep him in a coma until his condition improved. However, they said that a number of lesions remain on his brain which make it impossible to give a prognosis.

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Schumacher In Critical Condition After Skiing Accident

Michael Schumacher is in a coma as a result of head trauma sustained in an accident at a ski resort in France. His condition was tonight described as ‘critical’.

The accident happened when Schumacher and his son, Mick, were skiing on an unmarked slope at the Meribel ski resort. Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock. Rescue workers were at the scene within minutes and immediately requested an air-ambulance to transport Schumacher to the local Moutiers hospital.

After arriving at the hospital, Schumacher was then forwarded to Grenoble hospital where he remains. A French neurologist, Gerard Saillant, who is also close friends with Schumacher, was rushed to the his bedside, where his wife Corinna and his two children already held vigil.

His condition was initially described as “not very serious”, by the Meribel resort director, Gernignon Christophe Lecomte. However, this claim was contradicted by the local mountain guard who reported Schumacher’s condition as being “relatively serious” but not life threatening.

Schumacher’s agent, Sabine Kehm, then released a short statement in which she said, “Michael fell on his head during a private ski trip in the French Alps. He was hospitalised and is receiving medical care. We ask for your understanding that we cannot give a running commentary on his state of health.” 

An official update was scheduled for 8pm local time, but the hospital then cancelled the press conference and Schumacher’s management was due to release a written statement shortly afterwards, which did not come for some time.

At almost twenty-to-eleven local time, Schumacher’s management broke the news that he was in a coma following major head injuries he suffered in the fall. They classified his condition as ‘critical’ and said that he required urgent neurological treatment upon arrival at Grenoble.

No further details have yet been released.

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Schumacher Injured In Skiing Accident

Michael Schumacher has been airlifted to hospital after a skiing accident in France.

The seven-time World Champion was on holidays with his son, Mick, when the accident happened. Schumacher was skiing on an unmarked slope when he fell and hit his head on a rock. Early reports were that Schumacher had suffered “serious head injuries”, but it is now believed to be less serious as he was wearing a helmet at the time.

Gernignon Christophe Lecomte, the director at Meribel ski resort, played down Schumacher’s injuries, saying that help arrived quickly and his condition was ‘not very serious’.

“He fell at 11:07, whilst skiing off-piste at Meribel. He was wearing a helmet and banged against a rock. Relief responded quickly at 11:15. He was airlifted and taken to hospital at Moutiers (15km away),” Lecomte said.

“He was shocked, a little shaken but conscious. It may be a head injury but it is not very serious.”

However, the mountain guard, who would have assisted in Schumacher’s early recovery and treatment, believe that his injuries were “relatively serious”, but not life threatening.

Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s agent, released a statement in which she said,  “Michael fell on his head during a private ski trip in the French Alps. He was hospitalised and is receiving medical care. We ask for your understanding that we cannot give a running commentary on his state of health.” 

After initially being airlifted to Moutiers hospital, Schumacher was forwarded to Grenoble who are currently treating him. His management will release another statement soon.

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Richard Cregan Leaves Yas Marina For Sochi

Irishman Richard Cregan has left his post at the Yas Marina circuit and is headed for a new role at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix.

The former Toyota team manager was previously the chief executive of the Yas Marina circuit, the track which plays host to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  Now though, he has signed a three-year contract with the Russian Grand Prix, which will hold its inaugural running in October of next year. Although no longer the chief executive, Cregan will hold an advisory position with Yas Marina.

“Moving on from Abu Dhabi was a tough decision for me but I have always enjoyed a new challenge and remain an advisor to the chairman and management there,” Cregan said.

“I am convinced that the F1 Russian Grand Prix will become one of the iconic events in the Formula 1 calendar and we will be able to build a very successful business by utilising the amazing assets and the passion of the team here in Sochi.”

Russian Grand Prix promoter, Oleg Zabara said, “The combined, impressive experience that the international consultants have, their understanding of the Formula 1 world, and the desire to do the F1 Russian Grand Prix at the highest level guarantee a good result of our teamwork.

“The knowledge and experience which we will get in the course of this co-operation will ensure not only the hosting of a world-class grand prix, but also effective use of the autodrome in Sochi all year round.”

The Russian Grand Prix will be held on the 12th of October 2014.

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Tyre Explosion At Pirelli Test

Paul Hembery (Pirelli) stands beside 2013 compounds

Nico Rosberg today took to Twitter to report a tyre explosion at the three-day Pirelli tyre test in Bahrain.

The test, which is being held to establish a grounding for both tyre supplier and teams for the coming season, features six teams, including Mercedes who nominated Rosberg as their driver for all three days.

“Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tire blew up without warning,” Rosberg tweeted before hastily deleting it.

In their press release this afternoon, Pirelli said, “This morning Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes was fitted with one of these prototypes, a tyre which had only been tested in the laboratory and which will not be proposed again.”

They also moved to quell fears over the safety of the tyres, “Thus, the safety of the tyres which will be supplied for the next Championship is not in question. The accident which happened to Rosberg’s car is being investigated and the findings will be communicated to the FIA and the teams.”

The Pirelli tyres came under much criticism after the Silverstone Grand Prix which saw numerous tyre explosions in the opening laps prompting a red flag. Rosberg’s team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, was the biggest loser – losing his comfortable lead at his home Grand Prix following a spontaneous explosion.

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Irvine Blasts Double Points Rule

Former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine has hit out at the proposed double points rule which is due to take effect in 2014.

The outspoken Irishman was speaking in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph this week, and labeled the proposed regulations as “embarrassing and insane”.

“It’s ridiculous, I’ve never heard such a joke in all my life,” he said. “Talk about tinsel town bulls***!” Irvine is quoted as saying.

“I think Formula One has lost its way. This latest rule of double points for the last race is insanity. That actually made me realise I am not going to watch another race until that rule gets kicked out. That is just embarrassing. It really is. They should be ashamed of themselves.

“I just think the people involved in these decisions have lost the plot. They have no understanding of reality and the people who are in there have been in too long. They have blown up the history of the sport by changing the points, changing the qualifying and now double points for the final race!”

Irvine, who also drove for Jordan and Jaguar during his ten-year career in Formula One, echoed the views of reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel who called the idea ‘absurd’. The regulation has been a bone of contention since it was announced last week, with a unanimous criticism from the sport’s fans.

The idea is to award double points (fifty for a win, two for tenth etc.) at the final race of the year (which will be Abu Dhabi in 2014) as to raise the importance of the final Grand Prix. However, the general feeling from fans is that this takes away from the race and play havoc with the Championship.

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