Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will receive a new car for the Spanish Grand Prix and his boyhood idol Michael Schumacher showed signs of waking up from his coma, according to the London Mirror. Schumacher, who won seven world championships, has shown signs of awakening and consciousness, according to agent Sabine Kehm.
Red Bull driver Vettel, who has expressed sympathy to the Schumacher family following Michael's skiing accident on Dec. 29, 2013, will name his new car "Suzie" when he drives it in the next Formula One race, according to Grand Prix 24/7.
Vettel, who has won four straight world championships, is aiming to tie his idol's record of five consecutive titles. Schumacher won his five straight championships for Ferrari from 200-2004.
Vettel's chances of equaling his hero's record have been slipping away as the Mercedes drivers have won all five of the first races. Red Bull representatives said they will have a car with a new chassis ready for Vettel to drive at Barcelona, Spain in mid-May.
Red Bull has been investigating whether or not problems with the chassis on Vettel's car have been the cause of the champion being outpaced not only by the Mercedes drivers, but also by his teammate Daniel Ricciardo in most of the Asian races. Supposedly, the Red Bull teammates are driving identical cars, although there have been radical changes in the cars this year since F-1 has opted to abandon V-8 engines.
Adrian Newey, considered the top aerodynamicist in the world, has designed a new RB 10 racecar for Vettel. Red Bull principle Helmet Marko told Auto Bild magazine the newly-designed car will be ready for the European part of the Formula One season.
Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are first and second in the world championship standings for 2014. Their cars have the motto "Keep fighting, Michael" emblazoned on them in honor of Schumacher.
Corinna Schumacher continues visiting her husband Michael daily in his hospital room in Grenoble, about 400 miles southeast of Paris. University Hospital officials have remained silent about his condition.
The most important outcome for Formula One this season would be the complete recovery of Schumacher. Considered the greatest driver ever by many, Schumacher was injured when his skis struck a snow-covered rock in the Alps sending him airborne for 34 feet before his head struck a larger rock.
He has been in a medically-induced coma since the accident.
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