"I only hope Michael Schumacher pulls through..."
December 31, 2013 9:58 AM Subscribe
"...so that he can see all of the nice things people are saying about him." Like this.
posted by glaucon (65 comments total)
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, arguably one of the greatest auto racers ever
, is fighting for his life
after a freak ski accident
on Sunday in Grenoble
.The outlook for the Formula One champion
was originally quite grim, but he has seen some
improvement after a second surgery but remains fragile
. The 44-year-old retired driver won seven world championships (1
) and boasts numerous records
over his long career, which, akin to the great American Michael (Jordan)
, was broken into two parts
following a return from retirement in 2010 at age 41 before his final retirement in 2012. Here are 91 wins in one photo. Here is his career in multiple photos.
The injury was at low speed at a relatively safe spot suffered by Schumacher
(or Schumi or Schuey
, as he is known in racing circles) is startlingly similar
to the fatal head trauma suffered in 2009
by famous actress Natasha Richardson
, former wife of Liam Neeson
His brother was also an F1 driver with less spectacular results.
Michael is one of the highest paid athletes in history. He is also an inspiration
to an up-and-coming F1 racer you may know of, too.
For all of F1's supposed danger, the remarkable thing about the sport is that no driver has died or suffered a career ending injury as a result of a race event since Ayrton Senna in 1994
(this does not include Maria de Villota
. De Villota was a test driver and an excellent female driver
who died this year after suffering a terrible freak head injury while testing an F1 car in the off season)
. The award-winning Senna documentary shows how bad Formula One really was up until the mid-90's. (Previously)
Skiing, meanwhile, is more dangerous
than modern Formula One. A long list of celebrities have also died while skiing.
For some samples of his incredible skill behind the wheel of an F1 car, look here:
Winning in Germany in 1998
Earning Rainmaster nickname
Qualifying and controlling the car during qualifying at Suzuka in 2001
Monaco '96 qualifying with ridiculous time in segment 3
Monaco qualifying 2012 as a 43 year old
Schuey in a fiery pit stop
Pole at Imola in 2006
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