German former Formula One driver continues to treated in hospital.
Michael Schumacher’s legacy will be felt even more this upcoming Formula One season, with the news a corner at the Bahrain Circuit will be named after him.
The first corner of the circuit will bear the former Ferrari driver’s name in a tribute to arguably the best driver the world has ever seen.
After hitting his head hard during a skiing accident on December 29 last year, the seven-time world champion has been in a medically induced hospital in Grenoble University Hospital.
Neurologists have ‘wake’ Schumacher up as they try and ascertain the level of damage to his brain, after having undergone two operations to relieve swelling and remove blood clots.
Those close to Schumacher have kept up a constant precedence by his side, however, hopes for a full recovery change week to week.
But as time passes so does the chances he will be the same person the world and motorsport fans remember fades.
Bahrain felt it was a fitting way to pay tribute to Schumacher, who won the first event back in 2004.
“With the support of his family, it is a great privilege to be able to honour arguably the greatest racing driver in the history of F1 and someone who the people of Bahrain hold close to their hearts,” circuit chairman Zayed Al Zayani said.
“From his first appearance at the BIC in 2004, he immediately became an inspiration for all those who love motorsport in the Kingdom and it is therefore natural for us to recognise him in this way.”
Shumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said the 45-year-olds family welcomed the move, saying they are honoured for the permanent change to be made.
“Michael’s family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture, acknowledging Michael’s achievements in Formula One and interest in the BIC circuit design,” she said.
“We take it as a recognition for his passion for motorsport. I am convinced Michael will love the idea and feel very honoured about having a BIC corner named after him.”