The accolades continue to pour in for unconscious Formula One champion Michael Schumacher as the victorious Mercedes team announce they are dedicating their impressive win in the Australian Grand Prix to the stricken German ace, according to Reuters. Nico Rosberg, who won the race by 27 seconds, drove a car with the motto "Keep Fighting Michael" inscribed across it.
Manager of the team Toto Wolff said after the dominating victory the team were dedicating it to Schumacher who remains in a medically-induced coma eleven weeks after he was injured in a skiing accident. Wife Corinna, 45, remains by his bedside on a daily basis, speaking to him.
This is an unusual Formula One season as the drama normally reserved for the winner of the race seems to have been directed toward the seven time world champion Schumacher, who continues to fight for his life in his hospital bed. Reports on the condition of the beloved champion certainly continue to take priority over the race results.
The fact Rosberg finished first for Mercedes while McLaren drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button were awarded second and third places was overshadowed by concern over the condition of 91-race winner Schumacher. Agent Sabine Kehm, 45, raised hopes among Formula One fans last week, when she issued a statement there were "small" signs of improvement in the condition of the man who many consider the greatest racecar driver ever.
Most of the stories revolve around Schumacher. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was roundly criticized for comments he made about Schumacher's condition that "there is a reason for everything that happens."
That quote and other remarks stating this would be a "chance to test Schumacher's character" by Hamilton grabbed more headlines than the fact the number one Mercedes driver retired from the race early due to problems with his car. While Mercedes later claimed Hamilton's comments were taken out of context, Schumacher fans were furious.
Jean Todt, who teamed up with Michael to win five world championships at Ferrari from 2000-2004, said, "Michael is a fighter. He'll pull through this."
Todt considers Schumacher his best friend. Todt relied on Michael's technological advice to communicate with his current wife before their marriage. Michael advised the head of FIA to communicate with her by sending SMS. It worked and the romance was a success.
Schumacher was in a skiing accident in the French Alps Dec. 29. Although he was conscious immediately following the incident in which his head struck a rock, he was flown by helicopter to Grenoble University Hospital. He underwent two surgeries to remove blood clots.
He has been unconscious for almost twelve weeks now after doctors placed him in a medically-induced coma to allow his brain time to heal from the severe injury. Friend Felipe Massa, Brazilian driver, said he saw Schumacher react to some of his comments.
Massa honored Schumacher by having Schumacher's initials placed on his Williams helmet. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel also honored Schumi by inscribing the initials "MS" on his Red Bull visor. The fellow German said Schumacher was his boyhood idol and they became close after Michael made his comeback in 2010 through 2012 with Mercedes.
Schumacher won two world championships in the 1990s with Benetton and Benetton-Renault before switching to the Prancing Horses of Ferrari where he won five straight, a feat never before accomplished.
In only two weeks the drivers will don their helmets once again for the Malaysian Grand Prix. More Formula One fans will be more interested in Schumacher's condition than in the outcome of the race.
Once again, the next race will be broadcast in the United States on NBCSN.
Schumacher's family including Corinna, brother Ralf and father Rolf hope Michael will be awake and watching the broadcast from Malaysia.
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