Ralf Schumacher talks about Alex Zanardi's accident

Ralf Schumacher spoke for the first time about the terrible accident involving Alex Zanardi in September. In 1999, Ralf Schumacher was Alex Zanardi's team mate at Williams. The popular Italian struggled to match the performance of his younger ...

Ralf Schumacher spoke for the first time about the terrible accident involving Alex Zanardi in September. In 1999, Ralf Schumacher was Alex Zanardi's team mate at Williams. The popular Italian struggled to match the performance of his younger colleague and was replaced by Jenson Button in 2000.

Just over six weeks ago, Zanardi lost control of his CART car and spun across the German Lausitzring circuit, he was then hit side on at over 200 mph by the Player's car of Alex Tagliani. Zanardi lost both legs in the accident and was put into an artificial coma while his body came to terms with the trauma, the Italian left hospital this week.

In a recent intervew, Ralf Schumacher said that the accident goes to show that nothing should be taken for granted in motorsport and anyone could be injured in a race.

Ralf said "It's so tragic. Alex woke up without legs. Thank God prosthesis gives one the chance of further movement. Naturally I think: such a misfortune can occur to any one of us. At any time."

One of the burning questions is how racing drivers deal with fear when they see a colleague suffer such a serious accident. "I think, the fear is always there," said the Williams driver. "Each person must decide for themselves, which risks to take." Ralf has recently become a father, although he insists this will not slow him down or take his mind off the task in hand.

Zanardi is famed for his sunny personality. "I think its marvellous (that Zanardi is so upbeat)," said Schumacher. "He was always a completely merry and open type. I liked him a lot as a team mate. " Schumacher said that they had not kept in touch for a long time, and hence he didn't think it was appropriate to all of a sudden get in touch now.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Alex Tagliani , Alex Zanardi
Teams Williams