Lewis Hamilton on Michael Schumacher ski accident: 'Experience' gives F1 legend chance to 'show his character'
Mercedes driver says 'all things happen for a reason'
Speaking before the season opening Grand Prix in Australia, Lewis Hamilton has said in relation to Michael Schumacher's skiing accident that “all things happen for a reason”.
Schumacher is currently in a coma, a full two-and-a-half months after being involved in a skiing accident in which the seven-time Formula One champion hit his head on a rock.
A statement was released earlier this week in which it was revealed the German is showing "small, encouraging signs", with his family adding that they remain positive about the 45-year-old making a recovery.
With the start of the 2014 F1 taking place in Melbourne this weekend, Schumacher's condition has come back on the agenda and current drivers are being asked for their views.
British driver Hamilton suggested the accident has given Schumacher an opportunity to prove his character.
"He's a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual. So I feel like all things happen for a reason," said the Mercedes driver.
"I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he's had."
Michael Schumacher gives the thumbs up after qualifying first in Monaco
Former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa also spoke about Schumacher, who is being treated at the University of Grenoble hospital in France.
"I keep praying and believe that things can be okay for him and he's coming back," said the Brazilian, who is driving for Williams this season.
Massa added: "I always think about him every day, pray for him every day.
"For sure it was a shame to see what's happened, but I keep thinking about him. He's on my helmet."
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food