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Dec 30

F1: Only Less Competitive Car Will Prove Vettel A ‘Legend’

F1: Only Less Competitive Car Will Prove Vettel A "Legend"

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel will only be an undisputed F1 “legend” if he wins at the wheel of a less competitive car.

That is the view of Fernando Alonso, who was Red Bull driver Vettel’s championship runner-up in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Dec 30

SportsCars: Wayne Taylor Set to Race with Sons at Rolex 24

SportsCars: Wayne Taylor Set to Race with Sons at Rolex 24

Wayne Taylor is set to come out of retirement to drive with his sons in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

After signing Ricky and Jordan Taylor for his Prototype effort in 2014, Wayne Taylor is set to come out of retirement to drive with his sons in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The two-time Daytona 24 hours winner is planning to join 24-year-old Ricky and 22-year-old Jordan, plus team veteran Max Angelelli, in WTR’s Corvette DP for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.

Dec 30

F1: ‘Former F1 Doc’ Speaks Specifics On Schumacher Injury

 

F1: 'Former F1 Doc' Speaks Specifics On Schumacher Injury

A cap with handwritten Dutch writing on it reads “get well soon, number one” is fixed near the entry of the Michael Schumacher cart-center on December 30, 2013 in Kerpen, Germany. (Photo: Getty Images)

As details remain “hour by hour” regarding Sunday’s skiing accident and serious injury sustained by Michael Schumacher, anesthesiologist and emergency physician at the University Hospital of Liège, Belgium —a former F1 medical doctor— Gary Hartstein has provided insight into the nature of Michael’s injury.

Gary Hartstein’s medical bio: Involved in motorsports medicine since 1990. Sid Watkin’s assistant from 1997-2004. Formula 1 Medical Delegate from 2005 to 2007, then Medical Rescue Coordinator for the Championship from 2008 until 2012.

As reported originally at Formerf1doc.wordpress.com:

First off, this press conference was rather more reassuring than what I expected. I’ll admit that I feared an announcement of a second operation for persistently elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), and the fact that that’s not been needed is good.

Dec 30

Surgeons say Schumacher is ‘fighting for his life’

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 30: (FRANCE OUT)  Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes, anesthetist Jean Francois Payen, Assistant director general of CHU Grenoble Hospital Marc Penaud and Chief of Neurosurgery Emmanuel Gay are seen during a press conference at Grenoble Hospital on Michael Schumacher's medical state following his skiing accident on Sunday in Meribel on December 30, 2013 in Grenoble, France.

Photo Credit: by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

At a press briefing at the Grenoble hospital on Monday morning, surgeons confirmed that Michael Schumacher remains in a critical condition and is “fighting for his life.”

They confirmed that he has had only one operation thus far, to relieve pressure in his head, and that a second is not planned as of yet. Schumacher remains in an artificially induced coma.

The surgeons noted that he had suffered an impact on the right side of his head, and that without a helmet, “he would not be here.”

Dec 29

Granatelli, Indy 500-Winning Car Owner, Dies At 90

Andy Granatelli (right) is seen with driver Mario Andretti (left) on July 4, 1970. (Photo: Getty Images)

Andy Granatelli (right) is seen with driver Mario Andretti (left) on July 4, 1970. (Photo: Getty Images)

Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. He was 90.

Granatelli’s son, Vince, said his father died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a Santa Barbara hospital.