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Hamilton, Vettel chasing F1 glory

Austin, Monday @PeopleSports11

Lewis Hamilton was forced to wait for a fifth world title when he finished third at the US Grand Prix on Sunday as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took a first victory in more than five years.

Title rival Sebastian Vettel in another Ferrari was fourth meaning the championship race will probably be decided in Mexico next weekend instead.

Hamilton now leads Vettel by 70 points and with 75 remaining in the final three races he can clinch his fifth title by finishing seventh in Mexico, if Vettel wins.

If Vettel fails to win, Hamilton will be champion.

But while Hamilton is made to wait for his fifth Formula One title, the world has been waiting for some positive news for the sports most decorated driver for over four years.

Michael Schumacher—who won a record seven titles with Ferrari—suffered a severe head injury and was left in a coma in 2013.

The popular racing legend was skiing off-piste with his son at the Meribel ski resort in France in December 2013 when the accident occurred.

Although an experienced skier, Schumacher, who was wearing a helmet, fell at a relatively low speed and hit his head on a rock.

Road to recovery timeline

December 29, 2013: Schumacher suffers traumatic brain injury and is airlifted to Hospital of Moutiers in a critical condition. He is later transported to Grenoble hospital.

December 30, 2013: Surgeons operate to stop brain haemorrhaging and treat intracranial pressures. Schumacher is placed in a medically induced coma. Doctors reveal helmet saved the racing driver’s life.

January 4, 2014: Schumacher is in a stable, but critical condition as doctors dismiss speculations he is out of danger.

January 14, 2014: The Formula One legend has an operation on his skull to discover any brain damage.

January 30, 2014: Medics start to gradually wake Schumacher from a medically induced coma and “blinks” during brain tests.

February 25, 2014: Schumacher’s manager dismisses reports in a German magazine that doctors have ended attempts to bring him out of a medically induced coma.

March 12, 2014: More than two months after the skiing accident, Schumacher shows “small, encouraging signs” that he may wake from his coma.

April 5, 2014: Fresh hope for Schumacher with ‘moments of awakening’.

June 13, 2014: Schumacher is moved to the ‘rehab’ ward.

June 16, 2014: Schumacher is no longer in a medically induced coma and leaves the hospital.

July 11, 2014: Corinna Schumacher, says her husband is getting better after coming out of a coma in her first comments since the accident.

September 9, 2014: It is revealed Schumacher will continue his recovery in private at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

2015: Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager, said his condition was improving “considering the severeness of the injury he had.”

2017: The racing legend’s lawyer was forced to tell a court Schumacher “cannot walk” after German magazine Bunte claimed the 49-year-old could walk in an article. Bunte magazine had to pay Schumacher €50,000 (Sh5.8 million).

2018: During the 2018 Formula One season, Kehm shared a small insight into his family’s feelings.

She said: “What can be said is that the family really appreciates the empathy of the fans.”  -AGENCIES

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