Wednesday 25 April 2018

Michael Schumacher's website to go back online to mark 20 years since first F1 title

Michael Schumacher faces a long road to recovery.
Michael Schumacher faces a long road to recovery.

Tom Sheen

Michael Schumacher’s website will be back online on Thursday, to mark the 20 anniversary from his first Formula One title.

The 45-year-old is still going through rehabilitation after a skiing accident last year, but his manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement that his website will return to “give the many fans from all over the world a home”.

Schumacher won the first of his record seven titles in 1994, when he beat great rival Damon Hill at the Australian Grand Prix.

The statement read: "November 13, 1994, is a special day in the sporting life of Michael Schumacher – 20 years ago he was the first German to ever win the Formula One world championship title, his first of seven titles.

"To mark the 20th anniversary of his first world champion title we will reactivate Michael’s homepage. We hope to thus give the many fans from all over the world, whose sympathy is still unbroken after his accident, a home.

"The newly designed homepage features many pictures and stories of Michael’s unparalleled career, all races, data and facts. There is also a fan-area where fans can send their twitter-messages to."

Last month hopes were raised when Dr Jean-Francois Payen stated that Schumacher was out of the coma and a recovery within three years was possible.

But despite the best of treatment at a cost of over €100k a week in a state-of-the-art facility, the former Formula One champion has shown little improvement since the accident last December.

"I have seen some progress but I would say give him time. It's like other patients, we are in a timescale that ranges from one year to three years, so it takes patience," Dr Payen said last week.

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