Mick Schumacher reveals strong Vettel influence
Sebastian Vettel is a big role model for talented driver Mick Schumacher, the German youngster has revealed.Schumacher's father, Michael, won seven Formula One world titles in a glittering career with both Benetton and Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has given an extremely rare interview in which she paid tribute to the Formula One legend for helping her pursue her passion for horse-riding.
Corinna, 50, described how Michael had bought her a Swiss ranch for their 10th anniversary in 2005, which she still owns and where daughter Gina Schumacher has won gold medals.
'I don't forget who I have to thank for this. That would be my husband Michael,' she told Mercedes' She Magazin, in her first published interview since Michael's life-changing ski accident in 2013.
Hamilton: 'So close' to Schumacher record
Lewis Hamilton has opened up on the prospect of reaching and eclipsing Michael Schumacher's F1 title record.Hamilton is the first F1 driver to ever move to within one title of Schumacher's tally of seven, which he admitted seemed "so far-fetched" as he came to terms with historic feat following Sunday's United States GP.
A wall of secrecy has surrounded Michael Schumacher since then, but his son Mick's racing career and Gina's equestrian exploits have kept the family in the public eye.
Gina also spoke to the magazine, saying that Michael Schumacher had once taught her a lesson about the responsibilities of looking after horses.
'When you drive a car, you can stick it in the garage afterwards. But a horse needs to be looked after all the time, even on Sundays,' he apparently said.
In addition, Michael Schumacher had apparently predicted that his daughter would one day surpass Corinna's horse-riding abilities.
'It can't happen again': jockeys sent whip warning text
Last year six riders were fined for using the riding crop to excess, including the first three jockeys past the post. Stewards don't want history to repeat.Only 12 months after a quarter of the riders in the Melbourne Cup flouted Australia's whip rule - including the first three jockeys across the line - a message will be sent to each of the 24 riders on Tuesday morning about their obligations this year.
'When my husband told me that one day Gina would be much better than me, I was not thrilled,' Corinna said.
'What do you mean by that? I work with horses from morning to night, trying to learn everything,' she replied at the time.
Trainer's drastic call for Cup disqualifications
Jockeys should be disqualified for overwhipping horses, says top Melbourne Cup trainer Charlie Fellowes. The English trainer's declaration comes despite the jockey of his own horse - Michael Walker, who rode Prince of Arran to second in the Cup - being suspended and banned for excessive whipping.Walker was banned for seven race meetings and fined $10,000 for whipping Prince of Arran 12 times before the 100m mark, seven more times than rules allow. The hoop admitted that whipping rules were not a deterrent when a shot at winning the Cup was at stake. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Michael Schumacher had retorted that Corinna was 'too nice' whereas Gina 'could say no sometimes'.
Corinna currently has 40 horses, and said Michael would boast about how he would muck out stables and drive trucks to help his wife.
'When I was 30 and I dreamt of having a horse, he flew me down to Dubai in order to look at an Arabian horse,' she said.
Gina, meanwhile, won a gold medal with the German team this year in the Reining European Championships in Switzerland.
Corinna is set to open up further in a documentary about the Formula One legend due for release later this year.
The film, simply titled Schumacher, is backed by the family and is expected to hit cinemas in Germany and Switzerland in December this year.
Nature Strip to Royal Ascot: That's the plan
Nature Strip will head to Royal Ascot in June after thrashing his rivals in the Darley Sprint Classic. The five-year-old gelding led from start to finish to crush the opposition, which included favourite Santa Ana Lane who ran without his usual zip to finish fifth.© Getty Images James McDonald atop Nature Strip. The win stamps Nature Strip as an elite sprinter, particularly at Flemington where he is unbeaten in four starts down the famous straight.It was also Nature Strip's third group 1 victory this year with trainer Chris Waller saying the horse was fulfilling the promise he showed early in his career.
His father Rolf, 73, is also set to appear but Michael Schumacher himself is not expected to be in the film.
Producers say the film is being made to mark Schumacher's 50th birthday - which passed in January - and the 25th anniversary of his first world title win in 1994.
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said: 'Michael's outstanding career merits a celebration 25 years after the first of his seven world titles.
'We are very happy that this film is in such sensitive and ambitious hands.'
Schumacher's medical condition has been held a closely-guarded secret since he fell and hit his head while skiing on the French Alps more than five years ago.
He has not been seen in public since the accident in December 2013.
Schumacher is believed to be receiving medical care at the family home near Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
He won his first championship in 1994 with Benetton before retaining his title in the ensuing campaign.
NSW boy loses fingertips in horseriding accident, creates invention to make sure it never happens again
Less than a year after 11-year-old Colt's fingertips were ripped off in a horseriding accident he has invented an award-winning solution to prevent it happening to anyone else.The boy, from the small rural town of Cobargo in south-east New South Wales, said the horse had been spooked when the accident happened.
In a rare update to mark his birthday, the family said in January: 'You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him.
'Please understand if we are following Michael's wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.
'At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019.'
The German then moved to Ferrari where he went on to dominate the sport before calling time on his career in 2006.
He returned to the grid with Mercedes in 2009 but endured a largely disappointing three-season spell.
His son Mick is hoping to follow his father's success and made his competitive Formula Two debut earlier this year.
Pictures: How Michael Schumacher prepared for the race of his life
Upper Hunter community bands together as fire hits towns .
As Hunter region locals rush to get to safety, members of the community – including tradies - are helping tackle the blaze. Members of the NSW Rural Fire Service are tackling a blaze near the New England Highway at Singleton, with warning levels currently at watch and act.Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has confirmed nine schools in the Upper Hunter and Tamworth areas have been evacuated due to the conditions.© 9News Local tradies are helping firefighters tackle the blaze as flames teeter close to homes and schools in the Upper Hunter Region.