Ralf Schumacher reflects on America's tragedy

Ralf Schumacher talks about his feelings and those of his brother, Michael, and their family that came about due to the September 11th attack on the United States. At the time of the attack, the Formula One drivers were getting ready to travel...

Ralf Schumacher talks about his feelings and those of his brother, Michael, and their family that came about due to the September 11th attack on the United States.

At the time of the attack, the Formula One drivers were getting ready to travel to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. People around the world were in shock at what had be felled the people of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The WTC housed people from all nations; thus it was not just attack on Americans but on everyone in the world.

At the Monza circuit, Ferrari showed their support to the United States and the other teams followed their lead. Michael refused to give any interviews that weekend except for the ones that were deemed necessary. It was clear to all who were present that the Schumachers were having a difficult time. It was discovered that the tragedy hit the Schumacher family hard due to the fact that they have relatives in the New York City area.

The following race for the Formula One teams was the United States Grand Prix. Both brothers spoke outwardly about how the race should be canceled. However, they both also confirmed that if the race was to take place as schedule, they would attend. At that time, America was on heighten terrorists alert.

"Some drivers didn't want to show their feelings. Juan didn't seem to care but when you come from a country such as Colombia where every day people are shot or killed you can understand his reaction," Ralf said.

"But it was different for Michael and I. It was such a shock and then you start thinking about the safety of your families and where is it all going to lead to. It was all so uncertain. It took our attention a bit more than it should have done. There were lots of people who were afraid of going to the Indianapolis race because anything could have happened. I have no fears about climbing into a racing car and risking my life because that is my decision and I know what might happen. But, when you have someone flying into towers to kill people, that is frightening."

The Schumachers face danger everyday in their chosen careers; however facing an unknown danger can be disconcerting.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher
Teams Ferrari