Report: Could helmet cam have played part in severity of Michael Schumacher’s head injuries?

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Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has spent his life being surrounded by cameras. But could a small video camera have played a big part in his near-fatal skiing accident in France nearly eight weeks ago?

Several media reports, including one by The Telegraph in the United Kingdom, indicate that a video camera attached to Schumacher’s helmet may have somehow compromised the helmet.

According to The Telegraph, experts from the French ski and climbing academy ENSA have performed tests to see whether the structure of the helmet could have been weakened if there was also a solid object (such as the camera) in-between the helmet and the collision with the rocks that Schumacher crashed into.

The camera, which Schumacher reportedly attached to the helmet to film his son skiing with him, was undamaged, and has yielded video and audio footage that has been significant in the official police probe of the crash.

But the helmet itself broke apart, according to reports, and at least some investigators believe the helmet cam could have played a part in worsening the blow of Schumacher’s head into the rocks.

“The helmet completely broke,” according to a source close to the investigation quoted by The Telegraph. “It was in at least two parts. ENSA analyzed the piece of the helmet to check the material, and all was OK.

“But why did it explode on impact? Here the camera comes into question. The laboratory has been testing to see if the camera weakened the structure.”

More light may be shed upon the circumstances of Schumacher’s crash on Monday when the prosecutor leading the main police investigation into Schumacher’s crash, Patrick Quincy, is expected to announce that the Meribel ski resort and manufacturers of the ski equipment he was wearing have been cleared of liability in the accident.

Schumacher remains in intensive care in an induced coma at Grenoble University Hospital.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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