Racing legend Michael Schumacher has told how he feared he was losing his life after a heavy collision at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix in 1999.
Speaking to German television network ZDF the seven-times world champion recalled how he was sent spinning off the track after his car’s rear brake failed.
He said: "I suddenly felt my heart beat slowing and then completely stopping. The lights went out.
"Then I thought, ‘Ah, that’s the way you feel probably when you are on the way up.’ I only know that my heart stopped beating, at least that’s the way I felt."
Schumacher suffered a broken leg in the collision which meant he missed much of the 1999 season and could do little to prevent Finlands Mika Hakkinen retaining the title.
The German race ace was racing with Ferrari that year and their current team principal Stefano Domenicali has just commented that he believes next season’s F1 championship will be the most open for a long time.
Written by James Christie