Gerhard Berger breaks arm in skiing accident

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Former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger has broken his arm whilst skiing in Austria earlier this week, just two months after Michael Schumacher’s accident in the French Alps.

According to Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung, Berger, 54, was skiing off-piste in Austria on Thursday amid foggy conditions that meant visibility was low. He crashed into a hillside drainage pipe and had to be airlifted to the nearby St Johann am Tirol hospital.

Having broken his arm, Berger was kept in hospital for a few days before being discharged over the weekend.

The Austrian claimed ten grands prix victories across the course of his thirteen year long F1 career, driving for Ferrari and McLaren. Following the fallout between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, Berger left Ferrari to replace the Frenchman at McLaren, and forged a good friendship with Senna during their time together.

Berger retired from F1 in 1997, famously winning the German Grand Prix that year at Hockenheim. Since then, he has been instrumental in the entry of Toro Rosso to Formula 1 in 2006, and most recently he has been tasked by the FIA with re-structuring the junior motorsport ladder.

Michael Schumacher remains in a medically-induced coma after suffering severe head injuries in an accident back in December. The latest news from his management is that the seven-time world champion is still in the ‘wake-up’ phase, and that there has been no change in his condition.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”