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Sports German Grand Prix boss rules out hosting 2015 event

The absence of Germany, home of reigning world champions Mercedes, for the first time since 1960 leaves the calendar with 19 races."We have no hope any more of having a Formula One race here (this year)," Seiler told Bild newspaper.

The absence of Germany, home of reigning world champions Mercedes, for the first time since 1960 leaves the calendar with 19 races.

"We have no hope any more of having a Formula One race here (this year)," Seiler told Bild newspaper. "We did everything in the last few years to keep the fans happy."

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone had kept the door ajar but Seiler said time had run out because "quality would now suffer" if they went ahead with the 10th round of the championship.

"We had declared ourselves willing to step in for Nuerburgring, something we were contractually not obliged to do," he said.

"There were talks with third parties over taking over the risk but they were not successful."

Ecclestone had said yesterday that Hockenheim was the only option for the July 19 race despite it being the Nurburgring's turn under an alternation agreement.

Hockenheim hosted last year's grand prix and is also due to host it in 2016, but the circuit has made heavy losses due to poor attendances and is unwilling to shoulder the burden for three years in a row.

The Nurburgring, one of the sport's most historic venues with the original track dating from the pre-World War Two years, also has financial troubles and has changed ownership since it last appeared on the calendar.

German drivers have been among the most successful in Formula One, with Michael Schumacher winning a record seven world titles and 91 races while Sebastian Vettel is a four times champion.

However attendances dwindled after Schumacher, who won five of his titles for Ferrari, retired in 2012 after an unsuccessful comeback with Mercedes.

Only 52,000 fans turned up on race day at Hockenheim last year to see Germany's Nico Rosberg win the race for Mercedes. The victory was the first by a German driver in a German car on home soil since the 1930s.

Express
18/03
3 Points
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Michael Schumacher’s son in 100mph CRASH as 15-year-old begins motor-racing career

MICHAEL Schumacher's son has escaped unhurt after a 100mph crash at a racing track .

MICHAEL Schumacher's son has escaped unhurt after a 100mph crash at a racing track ? just days after starting his motor-racing career.

Mick Schumacher, who switched from go-karting to Formula 4 at the beginning of the month, emerged unscathed after the high-speed incident in Germany this weekend. 

The 15-year-old’s car skidded on the track and ended up in gravel at the side of the road, an incident report said.

The son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, has performed well in recent lower league races.

Mick’s Formula 4 career only began at the start of March, having finished second in the World, European and German kart championships last season.

The racing car hopeful was practising on a speedway in Brandenburg state, near the border with Poland and the Czech Republic, when the crash happened.

"The accident was mild and he ended up unhurt in the gravel," the report added. 

The teenager, who has used the names Mick Junior and Mick Betsch to deflect media attention in the past, signed for Van Amersfoort Racing on March 2.

The Dutch team’s owner, Frits van Amersfoort, said: "We have watched his skills in test driving and are looking forward to a successful season.”

Mick's 46-year-old father was involved in a serious skiing accident in Meribel in the French Alps in December 2013, which left him in a coma.

The Formula 1 legend was transferred from a specialist Swiss hospital to his home on the shores of Lake Geneva to recover in September last year, after doctors judged his situation to have improved.

He has reportedly made progress at home but continues to suffer from “very limited” movement, although there are hopes he will one day be able to walk aided by crutches.

Schumacher sold his Norwegian holiday retreat for £1.8m in February, amid reports the family is now planning to build a £10m hospital room in the driver’s Swiss home.

Express
16/03
2 Points
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Michael Schumacher's 15-year-old son signs his first professional motor-racing contract

Mick Schumacher, 15, has signed his first professional racing contract with Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing - where he will get behind the wheel of 140mph Formula 4 cars.

However, it does not look like Mick will see the kind of wealth that his famous father scored anytime soon.

The young racing protégé, who became the vice world-champion in go-kart competitions last year, has to pay Team Van Amersfoort some £80,000 a season to race with them.

Formula 4 expert Christian Danner explained to a German newspaper: "There's exactly zero salary for the boys.

"In the formula 4, it is not common for drivers to be paid and often that they are charged for the privilege."

Formula 4 is a series of motor racing aimed at introducing promising young drivers - aged 15 to 17 - into the world of sport.

Mick will kick off his Formula 4 career on April 25 with his first race in Germany.

Team owner Frits van Amersfoort said: "We have watched his skills in test driving and are looking forward to a successful season."

Meanwhile, his father is continuing his rehabilitation following a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.

Schumacher, 46, suffered serious head injuries and was placed in a medically-induced coma to reduce swelling on his brain in Grenoble, France, before being transferred to a rehabilitation clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The seven-time world champion is now recovering at his family home near Geneva, Switzerland.

Several reports suggest that the racing superstar remains mute with "limited awareness" of his environment and is also still unable to walk.

"Progress is painfully slow. There is no miracle on the horizon," an insider revealed last month.

Schumacher is surrounded by his family - wife Corinna, 46, and children Mick and Gina-Maria, 17 - as well as an on-site medical team.

Professor Jean-Francois Payen, who operated on his brain blood clots following the catastrophic accident, remains in constant contact with the family and medical team.

He recently expressed admiration for Corinna, saying: "She has displayed in every way an exceptional willpower.

"She knew the seriousness of the situation and the long road that lay before them. She looks at things very clearly and makes every effort, and gives everything, which can help to improve the condition of her husband."

Express
03/03
11 Points
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