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Michael Schumacher's leg-breaking accident was 22 years ago today

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher broke his leg to curtail his 1999 season on this day, 22 years ago.

Michael Schumacher's 1999 title fight with McLaren's Mika Hakkinen came to an abrupt end on this day 22 years ago. The German driver had been fighting for position with Ferrari teammate Eddie Irvine, when Schumacher speared straight on going into Stowe corner. Having seemingly made no attempt to brake or get through the corner, Schumacher's high speed impact with the tyre barrier resulted in him breaking his right leg. He was extricated from the car and brought to hospital, otherwise unharmed. The cause of the crash was explained as a loss of rear brake pressure due to a loose brake bleed nipple. Schumacher would be out of action until the Malaysian Grand Prix three months later, where a rejuvanated Michael helped Irvine to the win in the team's bid to defeat McLaren. Hakkinen had been on course to win the British Grand Prix, until a loose wheel took him out of contention. Teammate David Coulthard picked up the pieces from there, winning his home race for the team.

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