In 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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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.”
“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’.”
“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.”
“[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.”
“We have been shocked to learn that he is in a critical condition and are closely monitoring the latest medical bulletins from Grenoble.”
“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.”
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.”
“Next year is not speed, it is reliability. It is what we all have to work for.”
“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.”
Thinking today of Michael Schumacher and grateful for all he's done w/@clintonfdn and for others. My prayers are with him and his family.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 30, 2013
Get well soon Michael! Hope to hear some positive news very soon! #strongman
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) December 30, 2013
Mine & my families prayers & thoughts are with Michael & his family. I wish him a quick recovery. God Bless him. The Hamiltons
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 30, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Michael Schumacher and his family.
— Emerson Fittipaldi (@emmofittipaldi) December 29, 2013
My thoughts are with Michael and his family at this tricky time.
— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) December 30, 2013
Hoping that Michael Schumacher gets better. Thats a freak accident that u hope nobody goes thru. we are all thinking about him.
— Juan Pablo Montoya (@jpmontoya) December 30, 2013
My thoughts are with Michael & his family! Hope to hear something positive very soon!
— Nico Hülkenberg (@NicoHulkenberg) December 30, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Michael, his family, and friends!!! #MichaelSchumacher keep fighting
— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) December 30, 2013
Pulling for Schumi
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) December 30, 2013
Sad news today about Shumi, praying for you mate!
— Pastor Maldonado (@Pastormaldo) December 30, 2013
All our thoughts to Michael and his family! Get well soon Shumi! God bless you!
— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) December 30, 2013
Our thoughts are with Michael and his family, wishing him a full recovery.
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) December 30, 2013
Our thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family. We wish them strength in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/r756m5s9KF
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) December 30, 2013
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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.
From the forum
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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.
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