Racing star’s survival an indicator of champion strength

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Legendary racing driver Michael Schumacher has survived a recent skiing accident, currently remaining in hospital following Sunday’s incident. The record breaking Formula One driver’s spirit and toughness are unrivalled in his sport, and it will be the character of the man that is key in his impending recovery.

Schumacher was skiing in France on Sunday with his teenage son when the incident occurred – the 44 year old fell and hit his head on a rock. Schumacher’s wise choice to don a helmet saved his life, and is a decision that has overnight lead to a slight improvement in the German’s recovery.

The importance of onsite doctors at Schumacher’s ski resort has given the star a chance to recover and start afresh upon improvements to his condition. Doctors believe that the speed of the medical team’s initial surgery and relative youthfulness of Schumacher will work to his advantage in his recuperation.

Schumacher’s incident is a reminder that challenging incidents do happen, and especially in this ski season, it will be an important message to others that safety is imperative in such sports. Such an incident will encourage manufacturers to strengthen their products to ensure the safety of skiers like Schumacher, as well as serving as a reminder for people to remain extra vigilant in their adventures.

Schumacher’s family wait by his bedside for encouraging news about improvement, as they hope to look forward to a renewed chance at a happy family life with the German champion.

The great Formula One  star is one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, and holds many treasured accolades that suggest that Schumacher is the best of all time. A record total of seven Driver’s championship wins throughout his career makes him by far the most successful driver in history, ahead of greats like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, as well as Sebastian Vettel, who today is staking his claim to become great, nearly emulating his childhood hero with four consecutive world title wins. Schumacher achieved five straight championship wins from 2000-2004, in addition to his first two in 1994 and 1995.

Schumacher’s 91 race wins are also head and shoulders above any drivers past or present, in front of Senna; second on the list with 51 wins. The astonishing statistic shows the longevity and talent of the man, as well as the famed physical ability he has that gives his fans around the world confidence that he will recover.

Long time competitor David Coulthard paid tribute to Schumacher and remained confident that his condition would improve, recently stating: “I know Michael from the racetrack, and there’s zero question in my mind that he has the physical ability to take on this challenge, which is the greatest one in his life.”

“Michael sits there as the most successful driver in Formula One, so if anyone knows how to muster inner strength and determination, Michael Schumacher is the man to do it.”

The incident occurred at the Meribel resort in the French Alps, and Schumacher is currently in hospital in the nearby University Hospital in Grenoble. He is being kept in a coma at a low temperature to facilitate his recovery, according to Professor Jean-Francois Payen of the hospital.

Former teammate, Martin Brundle, also tweeted: “Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qualifying pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it.” While friends from the racing world hold their breath, the nature of the man they know means they are hopeful and confident that Schumacher will pull through his toughest challenge yet.

Schumacher famously ended a 21 year wait for Ferrari to win a Driver’s championship when he won his first for the constructor in 2000, before achieving his remaining four championships. Schumacher also drove for the Jordan, Benetton and Mercedes teams, and his achievements will for a long time, remain in the Formula One record books.

What is Michael Schumacher’s greatest achievement in Formula One? What makes him the greatest driver of all time?


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