Mark Webber has suggested that Michael Schumacher would do well to keep away from motorcycle racing in the future, after the record-breaking seven-time Formula 1 World Champion reportedly sustained severe concussion and two broken ribs in a recent fall.
Schumacher came off at high-speed during testing for this year's German Superbike Championship (IDM) at Cartagena in Spain in February, resulting in a visit to hospital. Whilst he insisted his injuries were only minor, respected Swiss newspaper Blick
has hinted that they were actually more serious than the 40-year-old has been willing to admit, stretching as far as two broken ribs, a stiff neck and a fractured vertebra.
The German legend remains unable to turn his head fully or ride a bike, and he is understood to still be undergoing treatment at Bad-Nauheim hospital in his homeland. He subsequently had to withdraw from the opening meeting on the 2009 IDM calendar
“We do not take part in speculation,” insisted Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm. “Once he is fully fit, he would like to ride motorcycles again.”
The 91-time grand prix-winner is a friend of Mick Doohan, and the Australian's compatriot, Red Bull Racing star Webber, pointed out that Schumacher would do well to heed the retired five-time MotoGP Champion's advice.
“I too find those machines awesome,” the New South Wales native told German magazine Auto Motor und Sport
, “but race them? No thanks.
“Mick warned me 'until you get it right, you fall badly at least ten times'. If you are young, that's part of your job, but when you're older you wouldn't advise it. Michael should listen, because Mick knows what he's talking about.”