A French prosecutor has informed Agence France-Presse that local authorities will hold a press conference concerning their investigation into Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.
That prosecutor, Patrick Quincy, has said that the conference will take place Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. GMT (5 a.m. ET in the United States) in Albertville, France, an hour north of Grenoble, where Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma and in stable but critical condition at the city’s University Hospital Center.
Quincy recently told the Associated Press that French investigators were seeking to obtain a copy of an alleged smartphone video of the Schumacher accident that has been cited by a German publication, Der Spiegel.
Schumacher’s press officer, Sabine Kehm, has already confirmed that a helmet camera worn by the Formula One legend during the accident was “voluntarily” handed over to authorities to help in their efforts.
Per AFP, prosecutors are looking at multiple factors in their investigation that looks to determine responsibility for the accident.
They include: Schumacher’s speed at the time he fell and hit his head on a rock in an off-piste section of the Meribel ski resort, whether the boundaries of the ski runs next to the accident site were properly marked, whether the rock was close enough to the piste to warrant some sort of protection or warning signage, and whether the safety releases on Schumacher’s skis operated properly.
MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.