Häkkinen tells Schumacher to 'fight hard'
6 January 2014 – Mika Häkkinen has sent Michael Schumacher and his family a message of support following the seven-time F1 world champion’s skiing accident on December 29.
In it Häkkinen tells Schumacher to ‘keep fighting’, adding that his accident is ‘now nothing more than another challenge’.
“You are a man that is use to challenges and you are use to beating them,” Hakkinen wrote in an email published by German newspaper, Bild. “Your accident is nothing more than another challenge. You have to fight back hard – just as we fought each other on the track.
“As you know, I had a bad head injury, but I survived with the help of my family and friends and the professional support of the doctors. I’m sure you are getting the same sort of support.
“Just do me one favour, do not try to beat the clock this time. You do not have to post your best time in the race. Just take all the time you need.”
Häkkinen also spoke about his own accident back in 1995, when a crash in practice for the Australian Grand Prix left him in a coma for ten days.
“It [an accident like this] is the worst thing that can happen to you in life. You realise how fragile life is and in those moments you realise everyday worries are unimportant. The only thing that is important is being able to hold the hand of the other person and to trust the words of the doctors. You sit there and hope that everything turns out well, but you do not know what will happen the next morning. You cannot do anything – and that is the horror [of it],” added the 1998 and 1999 F1 world champion.
“At the beginning [after my accident] the shock for my family was huge. The newspapers were full of pictures, as I was pulled from the wreckage of my car bleeding. The bad thing for every racing driver, in addition to these images, is that the family don’t have any information. They do not know what is going on or how bad the injuries are.
“When I woke up I could see the pain they had to go through. You look at things differently after. You bear in mind what you have - family, health - and you know can lose it all in a second.
“Michael is a fighter [though] and will never give up until he has won this battle.”