British driver praises the fallen German hero, but not in a conventional way.
Lewis Hamilton has praised one of his childhood heroes of the sport in Michael Schumacher before the start of the first Grand Prix of the season, but in an unusual way.
Speaking ahead of the Australian Grand Prix this weekend in Melbourne, Hamilton said a reason for Schumacher’s skiing accident in France will be revealed.
“I feel like all things happen for a reason,” Hamilton said.
“I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experience he’s had.”
Hamilton meant no direct offence by his comments, but said them in the context of his strong religious background which he believed would help Schumacher.
The Mercedes driver said he was in constant contact with Schumacher’s management team and wanted to keep up to date with the latest in his condition.
“As a young driver who watched Michael through his early days, and championships, we — Formula One — will carry him through the whole of the season,” Hamilton said.
“He’s a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual.
“I am in touch with his people, so I am fortunate to get first-hand news of what is happening and we are all waiting for him to wake up and show those positive signs.”
Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since December 29 last year, after he struck his head heavily against a rock while skiing with his family.
The seven-time world champion has undergone two operations to relieve swelling and blood clots inside of his brain.
Neurologists are mixed in their opinion as to whether the former Ferrari driver will ever fully recover, and his is currently in his ‘wake-up’ phase, where his medically team slowly lower the dosage of drugs that are keeping him under sedation.
Earlier this week, Schumacher’s manager released a statement saying they are happy with his health and progress, but again warn that any significant positive news could take months.
“We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient,” they said.