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Formula 1: Schumacher accident investigators examine helmet camera

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Investigators looking into the cause of Formula 1 multi-champion Michael Schumacher's ski accident of December 29 began on Saturday, January 4, studying the camera that was affixed to his helmet, according to CNN. According to the driver's manager, Sabine Kehm, the helmet was broken from the impact of the racer's fall on a rock in the French Alps while skiing with his family. Evidence from the camera may yield more details as to how the accident occurred, though it has not been said what, if anything, Mr. Schumacher was using the camera for on this particular run.

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According to the BBC, investigators have also interviewed the former racer's teenaged son who was with him when the accident took place.

Rumors circulating that the helmet was taken against the family's wishes were dispelled by Ms. Kehm, who also cautioned that information about the condition of the racer's health not coming from doctors or from his management should not be taken seriously.

The addition of the helmet-cam to the investigation comes one day after the driver's 45th birthday, when hundreds of Ferrari and Schumacher fans showed up to hold a silent red vigil outside the Grenoble University Hospital in France. The former racer remains in critical but stable condition in a coma there.

Michael Schumacher is the most victorious Formula 1 racer in the sport's history in terms of World Championships. He has won seven of them, and no other racer has achieved that many so far.

His countryman, Sebastian Vettel, 26, is the current World Champion in the sport. He like, Mr. Schumacher once was, is currently on a running streak -- winning the last four years in a row. If Mr. Vettel should win the title in 2014, he will tie the elder racer for consecutive wins at five.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is working on a new book about racers and racing.

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