Lewis Hamilton has courted controversy on the eve of the new Formula One season after he stated “all things happen for a reason” when he was asked about Michael Schumacher’s coma.
Schumacher currently remains in a very unstable condition in a French hospital, even though he has allegedly made slight improvements and shown signs of life since his ski accident in December. However, he has still been in a medically induced coma for over two months.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Hamilton at first praised the seven-time world champion, stating, “He’s a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual.”
However, he then controversially added, “So I feel like all things happen for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences his had.”
Of course, during this time of great stress for Schumacher’s family and friends, Hamilton’s comments do appear to be slightly odd. However, there was no great malice in his words and he clearly believes that if the German makes it out of his state he will go on to learn from the mistakes that led to his current position.
Meanwhile, Hamilton also revealed that he, as well as the rest of the Formula One paddock, will “carry [Schumacher] through the whole of the season.” He went on to add, “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.”
Schumacher was injured during a ski accident on December 29. Over the next few days he underwent two operations that removed blood clots from his brain, however after doctors discovered even more clots in inoperable positions they decided to keep him in a coma.
Last month the University of Grenoble hospital’s doctors then set about the waking-up process. Yesterday, relatives released a statement that confirmed Schumacher had shown “small, encouraging signs” as he fights to recover, adding, “we are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up.”
The Schumachers confirmed they will remain “very patient” as Michael tries to overcome his “severe injuries,” and they admitted, “the length of the process is not the important part for us.”
Hamilton is currently regarded as the favorite for this year’s Formula One world championship, which starts in Melbourne, Australia this weekend. He will be looking to bring to a halt Sebastian Vettel’s run of championship victories, which has seen him pick up the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 titles.