Schumacher remains in a coma following a December ski crash in the French Alps that left him with severe head injuries.
In an interview with The Telegraph in Melbourne this week ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton offered some positive spiritual thoughts.
“He’s a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual,” Hamilton said of Schumacher
“So I feel like all things happen for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he’s had.”
Hamilton’s comments have raised eyebrows for understandable reasons. If you just look at the headline, you might interpret it as Hamilton was saying Schumacher deserved the life-threatening crash. But a closer look at his full comments reveals he was trying to offer some positive spiritual words during a rough time.
One of Schumacher’s representatives said on Wednesday that the former champion driver has shown some small signs of encouragement.
“We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient,” his rep said in a statement to the AP.
Doctors put Schumacher into a coma to rest his brain and decrease swelling. They also operated to remove blood clots, but some were too deeply embedded.