F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s absence felt at inaugural FIA Hall of Fame inductions


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All 33 Formula 1 champions were honored with induction into the new FIA Hall of Fame during a celebration in Paris on Monday night.


Nine of those former champions — Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg — were in attendance. 


One former living champion unable to make the celebration was seven-time champ Michael Schumacher, who is still said to be recovering from his terrible skiing accident in France on Dec. 29, 2013.


Representing Schumacher was his longtime manager and spokesperson Sabine Kehm.


“We all know Michael should be here and I am totally sure he would love to be here,” Kehm said for a published story on the Formula 1 website. “He always had the highest respect for everyone in this room and he would be very honored. What made Michael so special, what made him so successful was, as with everybody in this room, a love and passion for this sport.”


With all 33 champions now in the FIA Hall of Fame, it will be interesting to see what that second Hall class will look like.


“The FIA Hall of Fame has been created to highlight the values that run through motorsport and the champions who have been and who still are the exemplars of the FIA’s values of commitment, integrity, respect and sportsmanship,” said FIA president Jean Todt.


Mike Pryson

Mike Pryson

– Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and M-Live Media Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek as online motorsports editor In 2012. Promoted to motorsports editor in 2015.

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