Corinna Schumacher thanks F1 community for support

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Michael Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, has thanked the F1 community for its support following his skiing accident at the end of last year and throughout his ongoing recovery.

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion suffered severe head injuries whilst skiing in Switzerland, and was in a medically induced coma for several months. Last month, it was confirmed that he had come out of the coma and left hospital in France, and had been transferred to a rehabilitation clinic in Switzerland where his recovery would continue.

In the programme for this weekend’s German Grand Prix, Corinna wrote a special message to thank the F1 community for its support. It reads:

“Dear motorsport friends, this is a message to all of you who have lived a passion for Michael’s sport in all the years together with him, and who have supported him in the past half year off the track as well.

“The German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity to cordially thank you all for the good wishes and positive energies you keep sending to Michael. I have to say your sympathies literally blew us all away! Good to know that together we made it through the hardest time.

“Now we are facing a phase which will presumably take a long time. We trust that – as for so many years in F1 – time will be Michael’s ally in this fight. Until then I would like to wish you and your families all the best as well.”

Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel also paid tribute to Schumacher when talking about Germany’s recent success in Formula 1, saying that he sparked a great deal of interest in racing for the current generation of drivers.

“For us, to some extent, we’re the generation after Michael and Michael was a big inspiration,” Vettel said. “So for sure, when Michael made Formula 1 really a sport in Germany and made it big, a lot of fathers with their sons went to go-kart tracks and wanted to do like him.”

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”