Schumacher’s manager guards against false reports

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We’re in a case of no news is no news with Michael Schumacher as he recovers from injuries sustained in his skiing accident on Sunday, and he remains in critical but stable condition in University Center Hospital in Grenoble, France.

That message was fully confirmed today by Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, who stressed once more that the only official updates will come from either Schumacher’s medical or management team. A series of press conferences has served as the best form of update since the accident, although one journalist attempted to gain access and dressed in disguise as a priest.

A camera fixed to Schumacher’s helmet was not also handed over voluntarily, Kehm said. Here’s her full statement from Saturday:

“Michael’s condition remains critical but stable. We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael’s health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation.”

“The family cares only for Michael’s health.”

“Michael’s helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family. That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue.”

“We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family.”

“In consultation with the doctors treating Michael, it is not expected that there will be any press conference before Monday.”

Also of note, former Formula One driver Robert Kubica has weighed in on the matter, considering he has been through a critical injury at a point in his career. He survived a near life-threatening rally accident in 2011.

“I was in a similar situation and I know media can play quite a hard game in a very difficult period for him, his family and close friends,” Kubica told Autosport.

F1 2017 driver review: Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car No.: 33
Races: 20
Wins: 2
Podiums (excluding wins): 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 168
Laps Led: 133
Championship Position: 6th

Max Verstappen rise as a once-in-a-generation talent continued through the 2017 Formula 1 season, even if reliability issues meant we were made to wait for his best form to arrive.

Verstappen stole the show in a wet-dry Chinese Grand Prix by charging from 16th to seventh in the opening lap before ultimately finishing third for Red Bull, yet he would not grace the podium again until the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of October.

A combination of power unit problems and on-track clashes saw Verstappen retire from seven of the 12 races in the intermittent period, with incidents in Spain and Austria being avoidable.

Perhaps most embarrassing of all was his stoppage due to a power unit failure in front of a grandstand swathed in orange at the Belgian Grand Prix, a race tens of thousands of Dutch fans had attended to cheer Verstappen on.

But when Verstappen got things right, it was – as he frequently quoted – simply, simply lovely. There was plenty left in the tank, as proven by his sheer domination of the races in Malaysia and Mexico as he took the second and third wins of his career.

Perhaps even more impressive was Verstappen’s victory over Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the qualifying head-to-head battle this year, an area the Australian has traditionally been strong in. Verstappen outqualifed his teammate 13-7 – it wasn’t even close…

All in all, Verstappen once again proved that on his day, he is one of the finest talents to grace F1 in recent years. With the right car underneath him next year, a title fight is certainly possible and will be the target – but there is always room for improvement.

And that is the scary part: Verstappen is only going to get better and better.

Season High: Dominating in Malaysia after an early pass on Lewis Hamilton.

Season Low: Crashing out on Lap 1 in Austria.