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The well known former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo commented recently on the sidelines of a public event about Michael Schumacher’s condition, unfortunately painting a no “good news” picture.

The automotive personality was in Milan to accept a prize when asked about the seven-time world champion – which more than two years ago had a skiing accident that left him in a coma due to the critical head injuries. The former Ferrari executive hinted there are no positive developments – “I have unfortunately not good news,” di Montezemolo commented on stage. “Michael was a great driver, and we experienced a long time together in both our personal and professional lives. But life is really strange… in his career he had only one accident, in 1999. But unfortunately a fall in a ski accident has had serious consequences.” We all know the family of the racing legend has been very quiet and secretive with regards to Schumacher’s condition – save for the “long recovery” hints here and there.

Here’s hoping that happenings from earlier this year – when a report that he was able to walk again was deemed as ‘irresponsible’ by Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm will not occur too often – and when the news breaks out is indeed a good one. “Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael,” she commented then. “Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people.”
 
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We often refer to life's event as tragedy, this one really is.

Liked, or not, he is unquestionably one of the best drivers ever (who is number one depends by what criteria you measure).

Even when he infuriated (eg Damon Hill for the title) I still ended up liking the guy.
I'm fortunate to know folk who worked trackside during his reign. None have ever uttered a bad word.

To survive the dangers of F1 and succumb to such an accident is a reminder that danger is always present, despite skill, reactions, physique and the best equipment.

I still wish a positive outcome for him and his family.

One word sums him up in my eyes..

RESPECT!
 

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It is obvious he & his family are being very skilfully protected from the ever-clamouring insensitive press & thus able to retain some privacy & dignity.
Such intense need for isolation & minimal information does lead to speculation that Michael may never recover any form of physical mobility or mental awareness & that his end is nigh.
When that moment comes let us hope the family are able to mourn in peace without the world poking their noses in. Can't see Damon Hill attending the funeral, not that he will be invited & I suspect having lost much if not all his interest & respect for a sport that has now dissolved into an avaricious business.
What is inevitable will be thousands of words of breathless prose about a skilled racing driver who became very rich & led what was sadly a short but nevertheless comfortable life. His alleged on-track borderline cheating will no doubt be quietly glossed over.
 

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Like or hate Schumi. I feel for the family and the kids it can not be easy for anybody to have to deal with this on a daily base. Remember how difficult it can be just taking care of your parents.
 
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His alleged on-track borderline cheating will no doubt be quietly glossed over.
That was an interesting side comment. Seems a little out of place but Ok. Fill me in. I have been a FI fan since before Schumacher learned to drive and while, I will admit to being old enough to suffer the occasional short memory, I cannot recall ever hearing any talk of Michael being accused of cheating. I don't want to shanghai the thread but am curious what sorts of cheating you were referring to?

I was never a huge Schumacher fan but that being mostly cause I was rooting for other marques such as McLaren or Mercedes or occasionally others like Williams. No denying his incredible talent. He made consistently winning look ridiculously easy.

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That was an interesting side comment. Seems a little out of place but Ok. Fill me in. I have been a FI fan since before Schumacher learned to drive and while, I will admit to being old enough to suffer the occasional short memory, I cannot recall ever hearing any talk of Michael being accused of cheating. I don't want to shanghai the thread but am curious what sorts of cheating you were referring to?

I was never a huge Schumacher fan but that being mostly cause I was rooting for other marques such as McLaren or Mercedes or occasionally others like Williams. No denying his incredible talent. He made consistently winning look ridiculously easy.

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I can't speak for the poster, but taking out Damon Hill to win a title would come straight to my mind.


However, looking over an entire F1 career, I could never deny that he was a most capable driver, in all conditions.
I'd rather focus on multiple titles, magnificent wet weather driving and unbelievable overtakes. There was far more of these.
 
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