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SCHUMACHER SUFFERS HEAD INJURY WHILE SKIING IN FRANCE—

LYON, France, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher suffered a head injury in a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Sunday.

The 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet and was conscious while being transported to a local hospital in Moutiers, the resort director, Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, told Reuters.

Schumacher was transferred to a better-equipped medical unit in Grenoble for further examinations and an FIA source said he had been placed under the care of Professor Gerard Saillant, a brain and spine injury expert.

Saillant is a close friend of Schumacher’s and his former Ferrari team chief Jean Todt, who is now President of the FIA.

Le Dauphine Libere newspaper reported on its website that Schumacher’s condition had worsened and that his life was now endangered. It did not disclose its sources.

Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm was unable to give any further information about his condition but confirmed he was on a private ski trip and had not been alone.

Gernigon-Lecomte said Schumacher, who has a vacation home in Meribel, had been skiing off piste.

“He fell around 11:00 am and hit a rock with his head,” he added.

“It seems that he has suffered a head trauma, but I would not say how serious it is. He was conscious but very agitated while being taken to hospital.”

Schumacher, whose birthday is on Jan. 3, is the most successful Formula One driver of all time with a record 91 victories among his achievements. He won his titles with Benetton and Ferrari.

He left the sport last year after a three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006. The German lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children. (Reporting by Catherine Lagrange and Alan Baldwin; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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SAHARA FORCE INDIA WELCOMES TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP WITH MONTEGI RACING—
 
Sahara Force India is delighted to announce the beginning of a new technical partnership with Motegi Racing, the high performance wheel brand.
 
The new partnership will see the team’s 2014 car fitted with wheels carrying the iconic Motegi Racing brand. Sahara Force India will also benefit from Motegi Racing’s knowledge in wheel technology to help drive forward performance.
 
Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer: “I’m very happy to announce our partnership with Motegi Racing. 2014 is a landmark year for Formula One with so many changes to the regulations and in order to be competitive we have to focus on developing all areas of the car. It gives me great confidence to have the expertise and experience of Motegi Racing supporting us at such an important time. Our technical team will be working very closely with them to enhance the performance of our wheels.”
 
Jody Groce, President Wheel Pros LLC: “We are very excited about the partnership with Sahara Force India as part of our growth at the highest level of global motorsports. This is a milestone achievement for our company as we prepare to supply our Motegi Racing wheels to compete at the pinnacle of racing technology in Formula One. It’s an interesting time to be involved in Formula One and we are honoured to become Sahara Force India’s technical wheel partner as the sport prepares for one of the most significant technical transformations in its history. This program provides the perfect technical platform to communicate the continuous evolution of the Motegi Racing brand. Motorsport is a proving ground for our technology to hone the performance authenticity of our brand.”
 
 
About Motegi Racing
Through technical partnerships with leading professional racing teams, Motegi Racing competition and high performance tuning wheels are designed and engineered for performance. Motegi Racing is a Wheel Pros brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on four continents and through a U.S. Network of more than 10,000 active dealers. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded custom wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light trucks. For more details visit www.motegiracing.com

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THE SAUBER F1 TEAM IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ WILL STAY ON  FOR THE 2014 SEASON—Completing the driver line-up together with Adrian Sutil–

The Mexican first tested with the team at Jerez in late 2009. The following year the talented youngster was signed as ‘affiliated driver’, and 2013 saw him in his debut season as a Formula One driver finishing 16th as the best rookie in the drivers’ championship.

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are pleased Esteban will drive for us in 2014, because we believe he is a talented young racing driver. Last season he experienced first hand how hard it can be for a rookie to step into Formula One. Nevertheless, throughout the season he improved significantly in qualifying as well as in the races and finished the year as

the best rookie in the drivers’ championship. Often the results didn’t fully reflect his performances. I am confident Esteban will be able to use his experiences to gain results, and this will be helped by the fact he is very well acquainted with every member of the  race team.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
“I am happy to be able to continue as a driver for the Sauber F1 Team. It was a steep learning curve last season, but by working closely with the team I was able to improve continuously. It will be my fourth year with the team, the second as a racing driver, and I feel comfortable in taking the next step. The technical challenges in 2014 will be massive. Therefore it will be even more important to know well the people you are working with. I will do my very best to improve even more and support the team the best way I can.”

F1Weekly podcast # 645

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Final podcast of 2013 Clark and Nasir discuss recent driver signings and what F1 seats are left for grabs and of course we have to talk about Fernando and Kimi and the possibility of some cage rattling at Ferrari. Also; another outstanding Motorsports Mondial with the King of Karachi!! Happy Formula One to all our listeners, Happy New year!! and please buy a calendar!!

 

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Gulf 12 Hours

 After victory in the Gulf 12 Hours, Al Qubaisi wants a third successive win in next month’s Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai.
After victory in the Gulf 12 Hours, Al Qubaisi wants a third successive win in next month’s Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai.

AL QUBAISI SETS HIS SIGHTS ON 24 HOURS OF DUBAI HAT-TRICK AFTER SECURING ANOTHER PLACE IN RECORD BOOKS—

Emirati driver says Gulf 12 Hours victory spotlighted Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon at top level —

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 16 December, 2013:  The UAE’s Khaled Al Qubaisi has immediately set his sights on another endurance racing triumph in Dubai next month after securing a new place in the motor racing record books. 

Sharing the driving with Germany’s Bernd Schneider and Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen for Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon, Al Qubaisi became the first Emirati to taste victory in the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit at the weekend.

Completing a hat-trick of wins in next month’s Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai is now the next target for Al Qubaisi, who doubles up in motor racing as one of the UAE’s most successful competitors, and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Racing. 

“We were up against some very tough opposition and it was fantastic to win the Gulf 12 Hours in the way that we did,” said Al Qubaisi. “Now we want to do the same in Dubai, and take the 24 Hours title there for the third year in a row. 

Added Al Qubaisi: “I was very happy with my performance. During all my sessions behind the wheel I managed to increase the gap between myself and the nearest challenger.

“It was my home city, my home track so it was a very important win for me. What it has done is to show that we are a very professional team that’s right at the top level of this sport. We have proved that we can compete with, and beat, the best.”

The size of the achievement by Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon, which is supported by Abu Dhabi Racing, was highlighted by the way they dominated the event, despite the world-class field assembled at Yas Marina Circuit. 

The Italian AF Course team, LMGTE Pro title winners in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, had won the Gulf 12 Hours title two years in a row, while a powerful new Bentley Continental GT3 also mounted a serious challenge. 

“The AF Course team said that they had problems with their tyres, but we beat them fair and square,” said Al Qubaisi. “At no point in the race were they better than us.” 

Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon, who cruised to a one-minute and 41-seconds win, had carried the name of Sean Edwards on their car and helmets to honour the driver killed in a track day accident in October. 

“We’d lost a very dear friend in Sean and so this victory is dedicated to him,” said Al Qubaisi. “I know he would have been watching, and he would have been proud of us.” 

Al Qubaisi has been making a habit over the last two years of finding his way into the record books.  He became the first Emirati  to be part of a winning team in the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai, and after a successful title defence last January became the first UAE driver to contest the legendary 24 Horus of Le Mans in June.  At the weekend he was the first Emirati to start from pole position in the Gulf 12 Hours.