Saturday 21 October 2017

Ski accident propels fans of Schumi to overdrive

Barbara McCarthy on the modest but tenacious German sporting hero who turned 45 while in an induced coma

TOP GEAR: Michael Schumacher celebrating on the podium, Photo: Nick Potts, PA
TOP GEAR: Michael Schumacher celebrating on the podium, Photo: Nick Potts, PA
Schumacher and his wife Corinna, Photo: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images
The F1 driver beside his damaged Ferrari in Budapest, Photo: Laszlo Balogh, Reuters
Rolf Schumacher (C), father of seven-times former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, and brother Ralf Schumacher (C back) arrive yesterday at the CHU hospital emergency unit in Grenoble, French Alps, where Michael Schumacher is hospitalised
Michael Schumacher
Young fans hold a banner to mark the 45th birthday of Michael Schumacher in front of the CHU hospital emergency unit in Grenoble, France
Michael Schumacher's wife, Corinna arrives at the Grenoble hospital this morning

Barbara McCarthy

As a half-German national and Formula 1 fan since childhood, hearing about Michael Schumacher's terrible skiing accident last Sunday triggered a deep and genuine concern.

Surely the man Nicki Lauda describes as "the perfect person" can't be battling for his life just because he skied through an unsecured area on a family holiday?

People across the world have been in shock, nowhere more than in his home country. German Chancellor and sports fan Angela Merkel and her cabinet were "extremely dismayed" upon hearing the news while tennis legend Boris Becker and footballer Lucas Podolski have called on people to pray for Schumacher, who singlehandedly turned his home country into a Formula 1-obsessed nation.

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