Schumacher recovering after horror crash

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21 June 2004 , INDIANAPOLIS - Ralf Schumacher spent the night in hospital following his high-speed crash in the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Sunday and it was still unclear Monday whether the BMW- Williams driver was fit enough to travel to his home in Austria. "He is in a lot of pain," confirmed team boss Frank Williams. The 28-year-old was lucky to only suffer back pain and bruising following his horror 330kmh crash at the banked final turn on the road course inside the Indianapolis Motor Spe

21 June 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - Ralf Schumacher spent the night in hospital following his high-speed crash in the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Sunday and it was still unclear Monday whether the BMW- Williams driver was fit enough to travel to his home in Austria.
"He is in a lot of pain," confirmed team boss Frank Williams.

The 28-year-old was lucky to only suffer back pain and bruising following his horror 330kmh crash at the banked final turn on the road course inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is likely to miss the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours on 4 July.

Schumacher went into a spin after his back left tyre punctured on track debris left on the circuit following an accident on the opening lap of the race, which saw Jaguar's Christian Klien, Giorgio Pantano of Jordan, Minardi's Gianmaria Bruni and Sauber-Petronas driver Felipe Massa all crash out.

Initially, it looked as if the Williams driver had been seriously injured when he remained motionless in the wreckage for three minutes before an ambulance arrived to rush him to the medical centre.

"I had the impression that it took to long," said a relieved but slightly critical BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen afterwards.

This is the second horror crash that the younger Schumacher has been involved in in the past ten months. In September 2003, he was so shaken following a crash while testing at Monza that Williams test driver Marc Gene took his place on the grid at the subsequent Italian Grand Prix.

Another person heavily affected by the nightmare crash was Ralf's older brother and eventual race winner, Michael Schumacher of Ferrari.

"It was very hard to deal with. At the time I was very shocked," said the six-time world champion, who added that his Ferrari team had informed by radio during the race that his brother was unhurt.

"I just got the information that Ralf was okay and that's all that matters," said Schumacher, who after the race immediately rushed with his wife Corina to the Methodist Hospital where his brother was being treated.

Another to suffer a high speed crash as a result of a puncture was Renault's Fernando Alonso, who spun out on the run down to turn one while lying third.

"As for the accident, it is difficult to explain because everything happened so fast, but I think it was a puncture. I lost the chance of a podium today," said the Spaniard although he refused to speculate whether it was caused by debris or not.

"Who knows, maybe," he said.

 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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