LEWIS Hamilton has raised some eyebrows with a comment about seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, who has yet to wake from his medically induced coma.
“I feel like all things happen for a reason,” Hamilton said ahead of this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
“I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experience he’s had.”
That comment has confused some people, but Hamilton meant no offence. The committed Christian was in the middle of praising Schumacher.
“As a young driver who watched Michael through his early days, and championships, we — Formula One — will carry him through the whole of the season,” Hamilton said.
“He’s a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual.
“I am in touch with his people, so I am fortunate to get first-hand news of what is happening and we are all waiting for him to wake up and show those positive signs.”
Earlier this week, Schumacher’s family released a statement saying they were “confident” he will recover from his life-threatening skiing accident.
“We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient,” they said.
Schumacher remains in hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble.