Massa to honour Schumacher with F1 helmet tribute

SCHUMI ON HIS MIND: Brazilian driver Massa pulling on his helmet yesterday. When he takes part in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, the helmet will sport the initials "MS" - declaring his support for former teammate Schumacher, who remains in a coma.


    Mar 14, 2014

    Massa to honour Schumacher with F1 helmet tribute


    FELIPE Massa will display a message of support for Michael Schumacher at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, the first Formula One race to be held since a skiing accident left the German legend fighting for his life.

    The Brazilian driver, who was Schumacher's teammate at Ferrari, says he will drive with the initials "MS" emblazoned on his helmet for the season opener in Melbourne.

    Seven-time world champion Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma, after hitting his head on a rock while skiing at the French resort of Meribel on Dec 29.

    The 45-year-old is showing "small, encouraging signs" of recovery, his family said on Wednesday, while acknowledging that he faces a long battle ahead.

    Yesterday, Massa, who was with Ferrari in the 2000s, during the German's glory years there, paid an emotional tribute to his friend on Twitter.

    "Michael is always with me!! Be very strong Brother!! Love!! #19," he tweeted, signing off with his car number.

    "I think about him every day. I'm praying for him every day," Massa said at an official media conference.

    "He's on my helmet, and I'll keep praying and I'll hope that things can be okay for him and he's coming back."

    Schumacher's precarious condition has cast a dark cloud over the build-up to the new F1 season, with drivers and officials alike praying for his successful recovery.

    Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) president Jean Todt, who was the principal of Ferrari during Schumacher's time with the Italian marque, says he has been visiting his former charge almost weekly.

    "I am monitoring the situation every day," Todt told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. "I can tell you that we still have big hopes for Michael.

    "He is a great guy, a great champion, a great human being, and I only hope that he can be back with us."