Schu suffers massive crash

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher suffered a major accident in testing at Monza on Thursday when the left-rear tyre of his Ferrari blew out at the end of the start/finish straight. Schumacher hit the barriers with the front and rear of the car, but was uninjured

Schu suffers massive crash

Schumacher was approaching the first chicane at about 220mph when his left-rear tyre failed. The car spun under braking and hit the barrier with both its front and rear ends. The car slid along the barrier for some 300 metres before coming to a halt, with heavy rear-end damage in particular.

Eye witnesses reported that Michael took a while to get out of the car. He then alighted from the damaged machine and lay on the grass, where he was attended to by medical staff, but was soon back on his feet and shunned a stretcher that was wheeled over to him.

Schumacher was approaching the end of his programme when the accident occurred and Bridgestone engineers were sent en masse to pick up the debris from the failed tyre. Bridgestone is now investigating the cause of the tyre failure, which comes just a week after Michelin suffered four separate punctures in the Belgian GP weekend at Spa.

In the morning session, Schumacher had limped into the pits with what appeared to be another left-rear puncture.

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