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Viknesh Vijayenthiran, Motor Authority’s gun journo, is as good as it gets when it comes to motorsport news. His latest report on extraordinary F1 racer, the ailing Michael Schumacher, is well worth the read.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER’s family has launched a not-for-profit initiative to serve as a form of inspiration for anyone struggling in any endeavor, just as the Formula One legend has throughout his career and now in his recovery from the 2013 skiing accident that caused serious injury to his head.
The initiative goes by the name Keep Fighting and serves as an avenue for fans all around the globe to send their messages of encouragement, not only to Schumacher and his family but also to anyone else in need of inspiration. There is the website www.keepfighting.ms as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Keep Fighting also plans to develop certain projects that it says will bring joy to fans and help unite the community. For example, the initiative has already organized in Germany a Michael Schumacher exhibition, the upcoming Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibit at Motorworld Cologne, and the Champions for Charity soccer match held in July that saw numerous F1 stars as well as Mick Schumacher, Michael’s son, take to the field. (Mick, 17, is also a racing driver, currently competing in a German Formula 4 series.)
Unfortunately there are no further details regarding the health of the injured F1 legend. In a statement, Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager and now a spokesperson for the family, said Michael’s health was not a public issue and because of this there will be no further comments on it.
“Michael has always been very protective of his privacy, even during the most successful times of his career,” Kehm said. “He has always made sure there is a clear and distinct line between his public persona and his private one.”
Updates have been rare regarding Schumacher’s condition since the 2013 skiing accident. The most recent came in November from Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the Ferrari F1 team during Schumacher’s time with the Italian automaker. Brawn said there were “encouraging signs” regarding Schumacher’s recovery.
Schumacher, who turns 48 in January, fell and hit his head on a rock at a French ski resort on December 29, 2013 and was immediately taken to hospital. He was discharged from hospital the following September to continue his recovery at the family home in Switzerland. Previous updates on his condition haven’t been so positive, including he not being able to walk, and more vaguely, his condition just not being good in general.
Incidentally, Viknesh reckons Brazilian F1 ace Felipe Massa may stay with Williams now the word is Valtteri Bottas could be Mercedes AMG‘s chosen one to replace Nico Rosberg.
Meanwhile, Williams has lost Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds and is looking for a replacement.