French investigators to hold press conference Wednesday on Schumacher accident

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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.

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.