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.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.