'I was lucky,' says Schumacher on training crash

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6 September 2004 , NUERBURGRING - Formula One motor-racing world champion Michael Schumacher said he has recovered fully from Thursday's serious training crash and was looking forward to next weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Schumacher appeared in public for the first time since the accident in Monza, turning up before 50,000 fans at the "Ferrari Days" show at the Nuerburgring circuit. Thursday's accident came when a tyre burst as the seven-time world champion was doing 340 km/h. The Ferrari smashed against

6 September 2004

NUERBURGRING - Formula One motor-racing world champion Michael Schumacher said  he has recovered fully from Thursday's serious training crash and was looking forward to next weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Schumacher appeared in public for the first time since the accident in Monza, turning up before 50,000 fans at the "Ferrari Days" show at the Nuerburgring circuit.

Thursday's accident came when a tyre burst as the seven-time world champion was doing 340 km/h. The Ferrari smashed against the pit barrier, bounced back over the track and came to a standstill facing backwards in the grass on the other side of the track.

Hundreds of Schumacher fans were horrified, but their hero climbed out of the wreck without help. He then immediately laid down in the grass next to the car. First aid workers were at the scene immediately, but Schumacher told them that he was fine.

"Weeds don't perish," Schumacher quipped Sunday, but added: "I was very luck when you see what happened."

Schumacher said he was now looking forward to next Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The race would give Italian fans the chance to celebrate both Schumacher's seventh title win and Ferrari's victory in the constructors' championship.

However the 35-year-old German said it would not be an easy race, with McLaren-Mercedes - winners of the Belgium Grand Prix through Kimi Raikkonen - on the ascendency.

"I am sure it is going to be an exciting race," he said.

Meanwhile former Formula One world champion Niki Lauda said he would not rule out early retirement by Schumacher following Thursday's crash.

"He will calmly consider the consequences," he told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

"He knows exactly how dangerous that was. He will think, 'how close was I?'. He also knows it was not a driver error, that he wasn't to blame and it could happen at any time.

"If you start to think about the risk and the danger and how much longer you are going to race then you have to quit."

The Austrian, who suffered serious burns in a race accident at Nuerburgring in 1976 but did not end his Formula One career until 1985, added: "It's like this: when a young driver has a crash like that he shakes himself and it's forgotten about.

"But when something like that happens to a Michael Schumacher, who has won everything and has nothing more to prove, then you are reminded more strongly of the risks you take in this job."

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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