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Motor racing: Vettel keeps Schumacher in his thoughts

Published on Jan 29, 2014 7:29 AM

JEREZ, Spain (REUTERS) - Sebastien Vettel kept Michael Schumacher in his thoughts on Tuesday as Formula One returned to the track after a long winter break with the German great still in a coma one month after a skiing accident.

Red Bull's quadruple world champion, who struck up a close friendship with his compatriot before the 44-year-old retired in 2012, said he was still shocked by what had happened to the sport's most successful racer.

"I pray and hope he will just come back and a miracle will happen and he will be the person he has always been before," the 26-year-old told reporters on the first day of pre-season testing.

Schumacher, a seven times world champion and winner of a record 91 races, suffered brain injuries when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Dec 29.

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