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Friday , January 17 , 2014
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Schumacher a fighter: Damon

Damon Hill

Mumbai: Former Formula One champion Damon Hill says he is shocked by the news of Michael Schumacher’s ski accident, which has left the seven-time world champion in a comatose state. The German legend is fighting for his life in a hospital after suffering a fall during skiing in the French Alps on December 29.

“It has affected everyone in sports. Definitely a cloud is hanging over Formula One at the moment because Michael has been such a large part of the sport, a large figure, so we are all shocked by any kind of event like that,” Damon, who is the ambassador of the Mumbai Marathon, said here.

“Michael’s accident has made us all realise how vulnerable we all are, how precious life is. It is a massive shock to everyone. But he is a fighter and we are all deeply concerned for him and praying for his family,” he said.

“But, Michael loved skiing, he loved life and we all come from a similar make up. There are millions of people who go for skiing every year and enjoy the sport and I am sure that won’t change.

“But it does remind us all of our vulnerability. Taking precautions is an essential part of taking risk and throwing caution to the wind is not an approach that any racing driver takes. I think racing drivers are very risk conscious,” added Damon, whose father Graham was also an F1 champion.

The 53-year-old Damon, who was Schumacher’s main rival in the mid 90s, praised the German racing great for his competitive spirit.

“We all owe Michael an enormous debt and gratitude for his competitiveness. He approached his racing in a forthright way and I think he pushed limits but that is just what sports is and you have to contend with that.” (PTI)