Legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher still remains in a critical condition 9 days after his horrific skiing accident. Schumacher’s manager released a statement a few days ago saying that his condition was stable, but the medical team treating Schumacher continue to judge his condition as being critical.
The investigation in to what happened to cause Schumacher to crash is still being looked into. Michael Schumacher was wearing a helmet camera at the time of the accident, and footage from the camera does show that although he had veered off Piste, the signs in place were in accordance with regulations.
The 7 times world champion was never badly injured in all his years of formula 1 driving, and it is ironic that this tragic accident has happened so shortly after he finally retired from F1. Michael has a long road to travel to recover from this, but he has always been a determined person even from an early age.
Like many others before him Michael started his career in kart racing. He was only 4 years old when his father built him his first cart. In Germany you have to be at least 14 years of age to obtain a kart licence. Michael managed to find a way around this by getting a Luxembourg licence which was obtainable from 12 years old.
Michael made his F1 début in 1991 in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Although he had to retire in the first lap due to clutch failure, the future 7 times F1 world champion was on his way. He only had to wait 1 year before getting his first victory in 1992.
He won his first Driver Championship in 1994, but as many will recall he was not afraid to court controversy, or afraid to push the rules. During the season he had many clashes with the FIA, and had even been disqualified from both the British and Belgian Grand Prix. Schumacher also received a two race ban for the Italian and Portuguese Grand Prix for not acting on a black flag (driver disqualified) at Silverstone. In fact instead of retiring he decided to ignore the black flag and went on to win the race!
In the same season at the Australian GP, which was the final race of that season, Michael was leading the drivers’ championship by one point over Damon Hill. In the 36th lap Schumacher made a mistake and clipped the wall, damaging his car’s rear suspension. He managed to get back on the track and as Damon Hill went to over take him, Michael turned into Hills car causing damage to Hills front suspension causing both cars to be out of the race and Schumacher to win the title.
Michael Schumacher was a driver that many saw at that time as being unsporting, and a person who would stop at nothing to win a race. It was this sheer determination and will to win, that saw Michael win the F1 Drivers World Championship 5 years running, between 2000 and 2004.
Michael finally retired from F1 in 2006 and he left as the most successful F1 driver ever. However, Michael was not one to sit back and let things pass him by. He returned to F1 in 2010 to drive for Mercedes. Although at times over the next couple of seasons there were brief glimpses of his racing skill, the drivers he was now competing against were more than capable of handling him. He never got a win in his comeback.
Great F1 drivers are a rare bread, and those that are determined to get to the top will take chances, and push the rules as far as they can. It is this strong focus, that even today, causes top leading drivers such as Vettel to be seen as arrogant, or out for themselves regardless of their team mates. Michael is going to have to call upon all of this to recover from his recent injuries.
Whether you loved, or loathed him as a driver, I am sure you will join us here at Pillow Motor Sport Tours in wishing Michael a speedy recovery.