Gerhard Berger breaks arm in skiing accident

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Former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger has broken his arm whilst skiing in Austria earlier this week, just two months after Michael Schumacher’s accident in the French Alps.

According to Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung, Berger, 54, was skiing off-piste in Austria on Thursday amid foggy conditions that meant visibility was low. He crashed into a hillside drainage pipe and had to be airlifted to the nearby St Johann am Tirol hospital.

Having broken his arm, Berger was kept in hospital for a few days before being discharged over the weekend.

The Austrian claimed ten grands prix victories across the course of his thirteen year long F1 career, driving for Ferrari and McLaren. Following the fallout between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, Berger left Ferrari to replace the Frenchman at McLaren, and forged a good friendship with Senna during their time together.

Berger retired from F1 in 1997, famously winning the German Grand Prix that year at Hockenheim. Since then, he has been instrumental in the entry of Toro Rosso to Formula 1 in 2006, and most recently he has been tasked by the FIA with re-structuring the junior motorsport ladder.

Michael Schumacher remains in a medically-induced coma after suffering severe head injuries in an accident back in December. The latest news from his management is that the seven-time world champion is still in the ‘wake-up’ phase, and that there has been no change in his condition.

Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.