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GP Week : Issue 204
F1 >>> nEWs Michael schumacher has been released from hospital. The seven-time World Champion, who was placed in an induced coma after suffering a head injury in a skiing fall in December, was discharged from a hospital in Grenoble, France, where he has been treated since. “Michael has left the CHu Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma any more,” schumacher’s manager sabine Kehm revealed in a statement. “His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months. “The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him. “For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.” schumacher, 45, is now being treated in an undisclosed medical facility close to his family’s home in switzerland. at BriEFly » Valtteri Bottas’s maiden GP podium restored what is sure to be an unwanted distinction for Leo Kinnunen. Finland’s first F1 driver started one race 40 years ago and remains the only GP driver from his country not to have scored a podium finish. » Post-race, Esteban Gutierrez was given a 10-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix. The Mexican left his pit box after his first stop with his right rear wheel loose. He was given a 10-second stop-go penalty during the race. » Scuderia Toro Rosso was handed one of the most pedantic penalties of the season in Austria. All drivers are given one extra set of tyres to run during the first 30 minutes of Friday’s first session, on the proviso that the tyres must then be handed back to Pirelli. But when Jean-Eric Vergne returned to the pits a few seconds after the 30 minutes was over, he was deemed to have used his tyres beyond the allocated time. STR was given a suspended €10,000 fine, suspended until the end of the season. » Sergio Perez served his five-place grid penalty from the Canadian GP in spite of stewards hearing an appeal in Austria. The Mexican driver got the penalty over a clash with Felipe Massa late in the race. » Will Stevens will test with Caterham at Silverstone next month. Stevens, 22, will drive the team’s CT05-Renault in the test, after impressing in simulator running. Stevens has scored a win and three podium finishes in this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series. SCHUMACHER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL A service driven insurance broker for the fast moving world www.ellisclowes.com +4 4 (0)20 7220 0130 Authorised and regulated by the FCA Registered in England and Wales Company no. 07202991 Registered Lloyd’s of London Broker 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: