Report: Michael Schumacher accident probe coming to an end

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It appears the investigation into Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident is drawing to a close.

And when the file is officially closed, the incident will apparently be ruled just that, an accident.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, Germany’s Bild newspaper is reporting that French investigators have wrapped up their four-week probe and forwarded their findings to investigating prosecutor Patrick Quincy.

One of the key determinations in the investigation, according to sources cited by Bild, is that manufacturers of the equipment Schumacher was using at the time of the accident, as well as officials of the resort near Merabel in the French Alps where the incident occurred, will not be found liable for any circumstances related to the accident.

Schumacher was critically injured and suffered extensive injuries, particularly to his head, when he crashed into a pile of rocks on Dec. 29. He has remained in the intensive care unit now for seven weeks.

The seven-time Formula One champion has also been in an induced coma since then, although doctors at Grenoble University Hospital began slowly attempting to bring him out of the coma nearly two weeks ago.

According to reports, Schumacher has shown some reflex spasms but has not responded to stimulus tests.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.