Michael Schumacher’s condition is slowly improving following his transfer to a rehabilitation centre in Switzerland, according to his wife, Corinna.
The seven-time F1 world champion suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident at the end of last year that put him in a coma for almost six months.
After being cared for by neurologists in Grenoble, Schumacher came out of his coma and left the hospital in June.
He has since been moved to a rehabilitation centre in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specialises in the care of head injury patients.
Speaking to German magazine Neue Post, Corinna briefly commented on her husband’s condition, saying: “It’s getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case it’s improving.”
This news will undoubtedly bring a smile to members of the F1 community who have closely followed Schumacher’s condition since the accident in December.
Last month, his management confirmed that his medical files had been stolen, but there have been no further updates on this.
Schumacher has been honored by a number of drivers and teams within the F1 paddock, with many choosing to run with messages of support on their helmets and cars in 2014. Although Corinna’s update is encouraging, there is still a long road to recovery ahead for the most decorated individual in the history of Formula 1.
Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).
So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.
Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.
“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.
“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”
The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.
Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.
Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago: