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London: Stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has had a corner which he helped to design named after him in his honour at the Bahrain International Circuit .
The seven-time champion remains in a medically-induced coma after a skiing accident in the French Alps more than two months ago, and is still in the “waking up” process.
Schumacher also has a corner named after him at the Nuerburgring circuit in Germany.
The announcement was made on the last day of pre-season testing at the circuit ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16.
Bahrain hosts the third round of the championship on April 6, with the race becoming an evening event under floodlights for the first time as part of 10th anniversary celebrations.
Zayed Al Zayani, chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, said: “With the support of his family, it is a great privilege to be able to honour inarguably the greatest racing driver in the history of F1 and someone who the people of Bahrain hold close to their hearts.
“From his first appearance here 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.
“The team at the BIC continues to offer Michael and his family their best wishes.”
Schumacher’s family said he “will love the idea” of the first corner at the Bahrain circuit being named after him.
“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 circuit design here,” said agent Sabine Kehm, on behalf of the Schumacher family.
“We take it as a recognition of his passion for motorsport. I am convinced Michael will love the idea and feel very honoured about having a BIC corner named after him.”
Schumacher won the inaugural race in Bahrain in 2004, and holds the lap record.
The 45-year-old Schumacher fell while skiing in the Veribel ski resort and hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet.
Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.
Schumacher’s condition stabilised after he was placed in the coma. Late last month, doctors began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up. (Agencies)