Hartstein, ex-F1 medical chief, providing valuable insight on Schumacher


The last 24-plus hours since news of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident first emerged has seen a variety of reports, analyses and conjecture across the Internet. It’s the nature of the beast that details are always sketchy to begin with, and the search to find expert opinion regarding the situation intensifies.

Fortunately one voice of reason and medical expertise has emerged, in the form of former Formula One Chief Medical Delegate Gary Hartstein. Hartstein, an American doctor, served in the role from 2005 through 2012 after replacing the late Prof. Sid Watkins, although Hartstein’s contract was not renewed in 2013.

Hartstein has taken to his Twitter account, @Former_F1Doc, for medical insights on how the process works in a similar situation. He has also written a blog on the subject this morning, which is linked here. Doctors said in this morning’s press conference it was too early to give anything more than an hour-by-hour prognosis.

A view through that feed and blog help put the medical language of this injury into layman’s, understandable terms. Frankly, they’re must reads at the moment.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.