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.”

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.