Schumacher’s doctor notes progress, but calls for patience

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Michael Schumacher’s doctor says that he has noted some progress in his patient’s condition as he continues to recover from a serious head injury sustained whilst skiing at the end of last year.

Schumacher is statistically the greatest driver in the history of Formula 1, winning seven world championships and claiming 91 grands prix victories. He retired at the end of the 2012 season after a three-year comeback with Mercedes.

Last December, Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident that left him in a coma for six months in Grenoble Hospital. Once he was out of the coma, he was moved to a hospital in Laussane, Switzerland, before eventually returning home to continue his rehabilitation in September.

Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor that treated Schumacher in Grenoble, said that he has noted some progress in Schumacher’s condition when speaking the Le Parisien earlier this week, but asked for patience as his recovery continues.

“I have noted some progress but I would say we should give him time,” Payen said. “It’s like for other patients, we are on a timescale which goes from one year to three years and we need to be patient.”

Earlier this month, French F1 journalist Jean-Louis Moncet suggested that a Go Pro camera on Schumacher’s helmet could have caused the head injuries, prompting shares in the company to drop in price. However, Moncet soon clarified that his comments were his opinion, and not fact as many had reported.

With Jules Bianchi also currently recovering from a severe head injury in hospital in Japan, the F1 community continues to send its support to both him and Schumacher at this difficult time.

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.”