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    20 Years After His Death, The World Remembers Legend Ayrton Senna

    Ayrton Senna 20 years

    Though he only lived to the age of 34, Ayrton Senna da Silva is widely regarded by past and present racers the world around to be one of, if not the all-time, greatest to have taken a wheel in anger. It was 20 years ago today that the Brazilian, with threeFormula One world championships, 41 wins and 80 podium finishes under his belt, died in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Italy while driving for Williams. It was on lap seven of the race at the high-speed Tamburello corner where Senna’s car left the track and hit a concrete barrier at a speed in excess of 140 mph.

    MUST SEE: Watch Senna Catch Prost In The Rain at Monaco, Announced By James Hunt: Video

    For those fortunate enough to have known Senna intimately, many were able to recognize that he was not like other drivers. He had a belief in himself and a drive to win that belied his shy and somewhat humble nature  off the track.

    Ayrton Senna legend

    Behind the wheel he had an intensity that brought about some great rivalries. His bouts with Alain Prost, of course were paramount among them but the Brazilian battled Nigel Mansell and others in the F1 fraternity. He also fought Jean-Marie Balestre, head of the FIA, and whose French ancestry tended to find him on the side of Prost.

    But when the race was over, Senna was much more than just a driver, especially to the people of his homeland. At a time when Brazil was in such turmoil, he seemed able to bridge the gap between rich and the immense number of poverty-stricken people in the countryside. He brought them together in his life and in his death.

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    The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix will forever be known as one of the saddest in F1, not only because of Senna’s death but also that of Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger who crashed during qualifying one day prior. Whether it was due to the design of the cars, due to mechanical failures or due to human error, we will probably never know. But what we do know is that the tragic events of that fateful race helped change the development of the sport, particularly with regard to safety. Since then, no driver has been killed during an F1 race weekend.

    via Motor Authority

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    BREAKING NEWS: Doctors ‘abandon efforts to bring Michael Schumacher out of coma’

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    Doctors treating stricken F1 motor racing legend Michael Schumacher have abandoned their attempts to bring him out of his artificial coma following setbacks, it is reported today.

    Germany’s news magazine Focus – which enjoys a close relationship with the 45-year-old inner circle – claims the slow waking-up process for the seven-times world champion was put on hold last week.

    Schumacher has lain in an artificially induced coma since December 29 in the University Hospital of Grenoble in France after seriously injuring his head during a low-speed ski accident the same day. 

    DON’T MISS: This Is The Tragic Ski Route That Caused Michael Schumacher Accident (VIDEO)

    Investigation: A court is still looking into the crash in Seville on November 17. Above, Schumacher skis in Italy

     

    Doctors announced three weeks ago they were reducing the anaesthetic keeping him under to slowly bring him around.

    Now, according to Focus, that has been halted because of ‘complications’ although just what those problems are has not been announced.

    Official news about Schumacher’s condition is scant with the family preferring only to issue the briefest of bulletins every few weeks.

    The latest claim will only add to the concerns of fans worldwide that the severity of his brain  trauma is causing experts concern every step of the way on his torturous road  to recovery.

    Focus said that, for now, the recovery phase is back on ice and Schumacher is  once again medicated to keep him under.

    The process was initiated because his  brain injury was so severe doctors needed to suppress its normal functions to  allow it to operate at low-speed and, hopefully, recover more quickly.

    DON’T MISS: This Michael Schumacher Tribute Will Make You Realise Just How Good He Is (VIDEO)

    Friends: It comes as Felipe Massa has claimed he saw Michael Schumacher's mouth move as he spoke to him

    Friends: It comes as Felipe Massa has claimed he saw Michael Schumacher’s mouth move as he spoke to him
    Optimism: Massa says he told 'sleeping' Schumacher all about his car and prospects for the coming season

    Only last week, ex-colleague Felipe Massa had visited Schumi in hospital and spoken to him.

    ‘He sleeps looks but quite normal,’ he said. ‘I think he even reacted a bit.’

    Doctors may have decided to break off his awakening for a variety of reasons, including reduced blood flow, a new infection or signals that the drugs lying in the fatty tissue of his body were not shifting as fast as they would have hoped.

    Just a fortnight ago he contracted, and fought off, a bout of mild pneumonia  contracted through the breathing tubes keeping him alive.

    Now with the latest  news the fear is that his hopes of making a complete recovery are dimmer than  ever.

    His wife Corinna, 44, and teenaged children Gina-Marie and son Mick are constantly at his bedside, talking to him throughout the day when he is massaged, turned and cleaned while hooked up to a bank of machines keeping him alive.

    Full Story: Dailymail.co.uk

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  • Videos

    This is what it takes to build a record smashing 1,000-mph car (VIDEO)

    The Bloodhound SSC is the offspring of the Thrust SSC that set the world land speed record in 1997, RAF pilot Andy Green blasting across the desert at 793 miles per hour. Whereas Thrust SSC was about going supersonic, though, Bloodhound SSC is about encouraging kids to get into science – it’s an education project whose main purpose is to entice students to be the next generation of scientists, and it does that by taking kids on the journey of building a land-based vehicle that aims to go 1,000 mph.
    And what a vehicle it is, called a mix between a “fast fighter jet, a Formula One car, a spaceship and a boat” by one of its engineers.
    A few of the intriguing facts: it uses a 600-horsepower race car engine just to turn a pump that sends peroxide to the rocket engine at 1,200 psi; it generates 20 tons of thrust between that rocket and the Eurofighter Typhoon EJ200 engine, needed to overcome the 15 tons of drag it will encounter assuming it gets to 1,050 mph; it takes 15 seconds to get to 100 mph, but another ten seconds – ideally – to reach 1,000 mph.

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    Red Bull Unveil The RB10 – Will It Take Them To A Fifth Straight F1 Title? (VIDEO)

    Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the last of the top teams to reveal its new race car for the 2014 Formula One World Championship, has finally pulled off the covers. The car is the RB10, aptly named since it’s Red Bull’s 10th season in F1, and it’s the one Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to win his fifth title in. Joining him will be former Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo, who replaces his Australian compatriot Mark Webber this season.

    Red Bull Racing’s RB10 2014 Formula One car

    In line with the new aerodynamic regulations, the RB10 sports a nose design not seen on previous cars from Red Bull. It’s also very different to any design we’ve seen from other teams. Other standout elements of the RB10 include the new side pods and multi-tiered front wings.

    Peak output of about 750 horsepower will come once again from a Renault power unit, which like competitor designs features a turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 engine paired with an Energy Recovery System. The ERS provides an electric boost to the engine and consists of not one but two electric motor-generators: one either helping drive the car or topping up the batteries, and the second either helping spool up the turbo or also topping up the batteries.

    Red Bull Racing’s RB10 2014 Formula One car

    Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo took the RB10 for its first public outing at official F1 testing in Jerez, Spain today. Vettel is aiming for his fifth consecutive Drivers’ title while his Red Bull team is aiming for its fifth consecutive Constructors’ title. The first race of the new season will be the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in mid-March.

    Red Bull remains based in Milton Keynes, England and is run by Christian Horner who serves as team principal. Chief technical officer is Adrian Newey.

    Below are some of the other 2014 F1 cars to have been revealed:

    Mercedes AMG W05
    Ferrari F14 T

    Force India VJM07

    Lotus E22

    McLaren MP4-29

    Williams FW36

    via Motor Authority

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  • Humor/ Super Cars

    Scuderia Toro Rosso’s New F1 Car Is Hung Like A Horse (PHOTOS)

    Scuderia Toro Rosso's New F1 Car Is Hung Like A Horse

    Ok, let’s get this out of the way. The Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 makes a Clydesdale look like a polo pony. In the genitals department. Because of the nose. Penis.

    F1?s new regulations have had a transformative effect on the noses of the freshly turbocharged 2014 cars. Wide and tall has been replaced by low and narrow. While the interpretations from a few of the teams thus far have left the sexual organ references more to the imagination, Toro Rosso has let it all flamboyantly hang out.

    Scuderia Toro Rosso's New F1 Car Is Hung Like A Horse

    The Toro Rosso’s nose isn’t the only thing new, as Toro Rosso says they started designing this car longer before the season than any other car they’ve built before. It also has Renault power for the first time, as the Italian-based team has circumcised its relationship with Ferrari.

    Scuderia Toro Rosso's New F1 Car Is Hung Like A Horse

    The STR9 and its gigantic Rhino-sized penis will hit the track at Jerez for the first F1 test of the year this week.

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  • Videos

    McLaren Reveals Its 2014 Formula One Car (VIDEO)

    McLaren has revealed its race car for the 2014 Formula One World Championship, the MP4-29. This is the car that Jenson Button and newcomer Kevin Magnussen will be driving, and the one the team at Woking hope will eradicate memories of last season’s poor performance.

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    Like all teams in the new season, McLaren has had to face the challenge of integrating an entirely new type of powertrain. That powertrain consists of a turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 engine paired with an advanced Energy Recovery System (ERS). An eight-speed gearbox is used, but teams have just one set of eight ratios for the whole season, meaning the same ratios for every race track.

    The engine has a rev limit of 15,000 rpm and delivers a peak output of about 600 horsepower. The ERS delivers an additional 120 kilowatts (161 horsepower) when required. It consists of two electric motor-generators: one either helping drive the car or topping up the batteries, and the second either helping spool up the turbo or also topping up the batteries.

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    Engine usage is even more tightly regulated in 2014: drivers may now only use five complete units per season–with heavy grid penalties for premature changes to both the V-6 and its key ancillaries–and the amount of fuel allowed per race is also limited–100 kg/hour and a maximum load of 100kg.

    McLaren once again is sourcing its powertrain from Mercedes-Benz. However, next year it switches to Honda.

    While the changes to the power-unit have attracted the headlines this year, there’s a myriad of small but complementary changes to the chassis, too. This year, the front wings are narrowed by 150 millimeters, which makes them less susceptible to damage, but creates new issues for the aerodynamics. At the rear, and in tandem with limited exhaust diffusers, the traditional lower beam-wing has been outlawed and the main-flap made shallower, making downforce harder to achieve.

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    Testing for F1’s 2014 season gets underway in Jerez, Spain on January 28. The first race of the new season is the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16.

    Below are some of the other 2014 F1 cars to have been revealed.

    Williams FW36
    Force India VJM07

    via Motor Authority

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  • News

    Michael Schumacher In Stable Condition But What About His Future?

    Michael Schumacher In Stable Condition But What About His Future?

    Michael Schumacher In Stable Condition But What About His Future?
    Michael Schumacher is finally in a stable and ‘not critical’ condition, but remains in a medically induced coma following a skiing accident on December 29. But if Schumacher does survive, will he be the same?

    Since his accident just after Christmas, updates on Schumacher’s condition have been limited which has caused speculation and rumors surrounding the current situation and the potential future outcomes for the formula 1 legend. These rumors have all come from people and sources that aren’t actually connected to Schumacher’s medical team.

    Again, although no word from the doctors, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm released this statement yesterday”

    “Unfortunately, I have to repeat any information regarding Michael’s health not coming from the doctor’s treating him, or his management, must be treated as pure speculation. I also repeat Michael’s family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael’s condition is still considered stable,”

    This information comes a whole ten days since we last heard any official information which led some media outlets to speculate that Schumacher may never emerge from his coma. Richard Greenwood, a consultant neurologist at London’s Homerton Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, though, had a different concern.

    “If Schumacher survives he will not be Schumacher. He will be Bloggs,” Greenwood said, using the Britishism for a John Doe to indicate that Schumacher’s personality could be radically different when he wakes.

    “His rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being Bloggs, and fulfills what Bloggs can do. That’s a very, very difficult process to take people through. They need to come to terms with their limitations – the fact they have changed,” Greenwood said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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    This Is The Tragic Ski Route That Caused Michael Schumacher Accident (VIDEO)

    Michael Schumachers Tragic Ski Route Retraced

    Michael Schumachers Tragic Ski Route Retraced
    In the 11 days that have passed since Michael Schumacher was critically injured in a skiing accident in France, there really hasn’t been much in the way of official information on which to report. While this is still the case for his current condition, CNN and CBS News are helping shed light on the incident that landed the Formula One champion in a medically induced coma.

    As investigators continue to look at Schumacher’s helmet cam footage of the crash, both news reports indicate that neither speed nor faulty skis are to blame. It seems that Schumacher had been skiing in area between two marked runs when he somehow lost control and hit his head on a jagged rock. CBS reports that Schumacher was wearing a helmet, but the impact was so severe that it “split his helmet in two.”

    CNN video, which is posted below, actually shows the location where Schumacher’s accident occurred (pictured above), and CBS goes on to say that this area continues to be used by skiers and snowboarders. Although the last we heard on Schumacher’s condition was before the New Year rang in, our thoughts and prayers are still with the champ for a full recovery.


    via: Autoblog

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    Investigators Explain The Causes Of Michael Schumacher’s Skiing Accident (VIDEO)

    Investigators explain Schumacher accident

    Investigators explain Schumacher accident

    French police investigators have finally shed some light on the causes of the Michael Schumacher’s Skiing accident last week, which has left the Formula One legend in a critical state.

    While rumors circulated the internet claiming Schumacher was going too fast, the French investigators have ruled this out with Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman saying speed was not considered a significant factor.

     “His pace was completely normal for a skilled skier”

    Investigators have been helped by the recording from the Go-Pro high definition camera that was attached on Michael Schumacher’s helmet. This did allow them to notice that although Schumacher wasn’t going particularly fast, he did have to slow down when he hit a certain part of the slope.

    In addition, Schumacher’s skis were almost new.

    “The rock that he hit was 8 meters from piste. His position after he fell was 9 meters away from the piste. So we examined the film,  that confirmed all the information we had. We used this film to do a reconstruction of the accident,” the French investigators said.

    See the video below for more information…

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    Michael Schumacher Update and The Moments He Was Airlifted To Hospital (VIDEO)

    Michael Schumacher Goes Through 2nd Operation

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    We brought you details of Michael Schumacher’s progress yesterday after doctors told us they could only monitor his situation hour by hour, and today, the seven-time Formula One World Champion showed a few signs that he is relatively stable after a second operation during the night.

    “The scan show us that the situation is once again stable, better than yesterday, but still fragile, still critical” doctors said during the press conference.

    “He is still not out of danger; we are unable to say he’s out of danger; the coming hours are crucial,” Dr Jean-Francois Payen said.

    The second intervention took place at 22:00 and was to eliminate a hematoma on the left side and to improve inter-cranial pressure; it took about two hours and a scan confirmed that there are still a lot of various hematomas inside the brain.

    There were 7 people involved in operation.

    “We are unable to evacuate the other hematomas at this moment; so the plan is to not evacuate the other hematomas at this moment,” doctors said.

    When asked if a transfer is possible to another hospital in Germany, Dr Jean-Francois Payen said “transfer to another hospital in Germany is very dangerous at this moment”.

    Schumacher, 44 remains critically ill in a coma and his body is being kept at about 34-36 degrees Celsius (89.6-93.2°F) for the next 24-72 hours, the former F1 doctor Gary Hartstein tweeted.

    ‘Extremely shocked’
    Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son Mick in the French resort of Meribel when fell and hit the side of his head on a rock.
    According to the ski patrollers who arrived just minutes after the impact, Schumacher was unable to respond to simple questions and was airlifted to a small hospital in Moutiers.

    According to un-confirmed reports, the impact was so severe that the helmet cracked.

    This video shows the helicopter rescue of Michael Schumacher

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Z0eBbRj_c

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    Formula 1 Legend Michael Schumacher Fighting For His Life Hour By Hour (NEWS)

    Michael Schumacher being monitored hour by hour

    Michael Schumacher being monitored hour by hour

    It seems crazy that Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher has spent his whole life racing at speeds of 240mph, and yet he is tragically clinging on to life following a skiing accident.

    After suffering a head injury while skiing on Sunday afternoon in the French Alps with his 14  year old son, the 7 time German Formula champion is in a medically induces coma with doctors monitoring his critical health hour by hour.

    Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused Monday to predict an outcome for the seven-time Formula One champion, saying they were taking his critical head injury “hour by hour” following a skiing accident.

    Chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen told reporters that Schumacher was still in a medically induced coma and doctors were focusing only on his current condition.

    “We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” said Payen, who is also in charge of Grenoble University Hospital’s intensive-care unit.

    “He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation,” he added. “We are working hour by hour.”

    Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history, arrived at the Grenoble hospital a day earlier already in a coma and immediately underwent brain surgery.

    The German driver was skiing with his son Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel, about 130 km southeast of Geneva, when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet, but doctors said it was not enough to prevent a serious brain injury.

    Gerard Saillant, a trauma surgeon who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg in a 1999 race crash, was at the hospital as a visitor. He told reporters that Schumacher’s age — he turns 45 on Jan. 3 — and his fitness should work in his favor.

    Top neurology team

    But the Grenoble medical team was being very cautious about Schumacher’s prognosis. Working to relieve the pressure on his brain, they lowered his body temperature to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius as part of the medically induced coma, which essentially rests the brain, slowing its metabolism to help reduce inflammation after an injury.

    Meribel Village skiing
    Meribel Village, a ski resort in France, located about 130 km southeast of Geneva, Switzerland. Michael Schumacher was skiing with his son in the region when he fell and struck his head. (Igluski.com)

    The neurology team at Grenoble University Hospital is recognized as among the best in France and the hospital, in a city that is the gateway to the French Alps, sees a large number of skiing accidents every year.

    Schumacher has been seriously hurt before. He broke his leg in a crash at the Silverstone race course in 1999. He also suffered serious neck and spine injuries after a motorcycling accident in February 2009 in Spain.

    The area where Schumacher was skiing is part of a web of trails that slice down through a vast and, in parts, very steep snowfield. Although challenging, the snowfield is not extreme skiing. The runs are broad and neatly tended, and the ungroomed area in between, known as off-piste — where the resort said Schumacher was found — is free of trees.

    Local hospital then Grenoble

    The resort said Schumacher was conscious when first responders arrived, although agitated and in shock. But Payen said Monday that after the fall Schumacher was not in a “normal state of consciousness.” He was not responding to questions and his limbs appeared to be moving involuntarily.

    He was airlifted to a local hospital and then later brought to Grenoble. Doctors said this stopover was typical and did not affect his condition.

    His wife and other family members were by his bedside.

    “The family is not doing very well obviously. They are shocked,” said his manager Sabine Kehm, who added that the family still appreciated the outpouring of support.

    As news of the accident spread, Formula One drivers and fans rushed to wish Schumacher a quick recovery.

    Boyhood idol

    “Like millions of Germans, the chancellor and members of the government were extremely dismayed when they heard about Michael Schumacher’s serious skiing accident,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in Berlin.

    Sebastian Vettel, for whom Schumacher was a boyhood idol, told German news agency dpa: “I am shocked and hope that he will get better as soon as possible.”

    Ferrari, which Schumacher raced for, expressed its concern in a statement.

    “Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher’s accident,” it said, adding that company president, Luca di Montezemolo, and race team leader, Stefano Domenicali, were in contact with the family.

    British former world champion Jenson Button said posted that his “thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time .… Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.”

    During his career, Schumacher won seven drivers’ championships and 91 race wins. After initial success with the Benetton team, Schumacher moved to Ferrari and helped turn the Italian team into the sport’s dominant force. After initially retiring in 2006, he made a comeback in 2010 and raced for three years with Mercedes.

    via: CBC

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Schumacher and his family at this time.

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    Sebastian Vettel Turns To Stand Up Comedy With Humorous Autosport Awards Acceptance Speech (VIDEO)

    2013 Formula One driver’s champion, Sebastian Vettel, scooped up the Autosport Awards International driver of the year title for the fourth time this past weekend and gave a hilarious acceptance speech!

    In his candid and humorous acceptance speech Vettel not only mentions his concerns over the change to V6 engines for the forthcoming season, but also covers the “stupid” rules regarding celebratory doughnuts and goes so far as to impersonate Red Bull F1 team advisor, Melmut Makro. He even talks about his huge testicles at one point! Great to see a high profile athlete with such a relaxed and funny personality in front of the cameras. What a guy…

    Via: Car Magazine

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