A recent comment by an F1 pundit on Spanish TV about Michael Schumacher has sparked widespread outrage. The insensitive remark about the legendary driver, who suffered a severe skiing accident almost a decade ago, has led to calls for an apology.
Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher has been out of the public eye since his tragic skiing accident in 2013, with his family maintaining privacy about his condition.
Antonio Lobato, an F1 pundit, made a distasteful joke about Schumacher’s health during a discussion after the Japanese Grand Prix.
Fans have expressed their anger and disappointment on social media, demanding an apology from Lobato, with some even calling for his dismissal.
Michael Schumacher, often hailed as one of the greatest F1 drivers in history, won seven world titles, including a remarkable five consecutive titles with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. However, his life took a tragic turn in December 2013 when he suffered a severe head injury while skiing with his son, Mick.
After the accident, Schumacher was placed in a medically-induced coma and was later flown home, disappearing from the public eye. His family has since been very private about his condition, with his son Mick, who is currently a reserve driver for Mercedes, hinting at the challenges in communicating with his father.
“It would be an absolute shame if @fia allows them to cover the sport after this.”
The controversy arose when Schumacher’s name was mentioned during a post-Japanese Grand Prix discussion on Spanish TV. Antonio Lobato responded to fellow commentator’s, Toni Cuquerella and Pedro de la Rosa, jest with a tasteless joke about Schumacher’s health, saying, “Let Michael be shaking! Well… not Michael, he cannot shake.”
“@AstonMartinF1,this is your team ambassador sitting there…”
The comment quickly went viral, leading to a storm of criticism on social media. Fans were quick to express their disgust, with many demanding an immediate apology from Lobato.
“He’s been creating hate since he began his F1 commentary, spreading misinformation. I can’t say I’m surprised. But it’s disappointing to see that some Spanish fans (not all) are defending him. Are these the same ones who made light of jokes (and laugh) about Leclerc’s dad?”