Schumachers race despite mother's death

Both Michael and Ralf Schumacher will race in today's San Marino Grand Prix (Sunday) from the front row of the grid, despite the death of their mother in the early hours of this morning

Schumachers race despite mother's death

Elisabeth Schumacher, 55, died this morning after falling into a coma following an emergency operation after being brought to a Cologne hospital last week. The brothers flew to the hospital to see her after qualifying yesterday and were with her when she died. Mrs Schumacher still lived in their birth place of Kerpen and was divorced from their father, Rolf, who has since remarried.

The race obviously comes at an emotionally difficult time for Michael and Ralf, who share the front row this afternoon in their respective Ferrari and Williams. Neither took part in the Sunday morning drivers parade and their respective PR aides have requested that the media respect their privacy as much as possible.

A communication from the race stewards said: "The FIA extends its deepest sympathy to Michael and Ralf Schumacher on the death last night of their mother, Elisabeth. In view of this, Michael and Ralf Schumacher are released from the necessity to participate in all formalities both prior to and subsequent to the 2003 San Marino Grand Prix."

It is anticipated that if the results of the race so dictate, the brothers will go ahead with the podium ceremony but not the post-race press conferences, before leaving the circuit as soon as possible.

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