In a terrifying crash in Germany, the nephew of Michael Schumacher, Formula One’s legend, has fractured his spine.

David Schumacher sustained injuries from a collision with Thomas Preining at Saturday’s DTM race at Hockenheimring.

Following a safety car restart, both cars were fighting for position when they came into contact brake into turn 8. This sent them flying into barriers and then bouncing back on the circuit.

The Mercedes of David Schumacher - the nephew of Formula One legend Michael - is lifted off the track at Hockenheim following a smash in a DTM race at the weekend

After a crash in the DTM race, the Mercedes of David Schumacher (the nephew of Formula One legend Michael) is taken off Hockenheim’s track.

Schumacher, 20, was initially given the all-clear after the crash but further scans revealed he'd broken his back and he will need six weeks of recovery time

Schumacher (20 years old) was given initial clearance after the crash. However, further scans showed that Schumacher had broken his back. He will require six weeks to recover.

Dennis Olsen, SSR Porsche, lost control of the car. The engine parts that were loose in the car ignited briefly onto the track.

Schumacher’s Winward Mercedes Mercedes, as well as several other vehicles suffered severe damage.

The medical check of all drivers was done. Schumacher (20-year-old son to ex-Formula One driver Ralf) was first given the go-ahead.

Further examinations revealed that a broken lumbar vertebra was found in the back of the patient.

The race at Hockenheim had just restarted when Schumacher and Thomas Preining collided braking into turn eight

Hockenheim race had just started when Thomas Preining and Schumacher collided, braking into Turn 8. 

Debris was sent flying as both drivers collided with the barriers at the side of the track

As the drivers collided against the barrier at the side, debris was sent flying.

Onboard footage from Preining's car showed the moment Schumacher went off before him

Preining’s car had onboard footage that showed Schumacher leaving before him

Motorsport magazine was told by Ralf Schumacher: “When David returned home, he still complained about his back pain.

“We decided that we would go to a Salzburg hospital to get an MRI. The MRI revealed that the lumbar vertebra had been broken.

According to his treating doctors, David will have a six-week break.

Schumacher was able to finish the DTM series at the weekend. This means that Schumacher will not miss any racing in his six-week rehab and that he won’t need surgery.

Chaos then ensued as the cars collided, with parts from the car of Dennis Olsen, who crashed into the opposite barrier, briefly igniting on the track

The cars collided with pieces from Dennis Olsen’s car, which crashed into an opposite barrier. This caused chaos, briefly starting the track.

A fireball exploded on the track from engine parts thrown from Olsen's car as cars collided and careered off in all directions, leading to the race being red-flagged

The track was engulfed in flames from the engine parts that Olsen had thrown at it. Cars collided, and the cars careered off to all directions. This led to red flagging.

Preining claimed Schumacher was responsible for the crash, but Schumacher’s mom Cora retaliated on social media.

She said, “David Schumacher does well. That’s what’s most important.”

‘Nevertheless, I do have to state that Thomas Preining is not allowed to make negative comments regarding our son at any time and without any self-reflection.

He had also oversteered his vehicle and was not in control. It is always simpler to see faults in someone else.

Michael, his uncle, seven-time Formula One champion has been absent from the public eye since he sustained a serious brain injury in a ski accident in France Alps in December 2013.

Marshalls remove debris from the race track following the multi-car collision on Saturday

After Saturday’s multi-car crash, Marshalls removed debris from the track.

The crash led to an argument between Schumacher's mum Cora and rival driver Preining over who was to blame

After the crash, Schumacher’s mother Cora got into an argument with Preining about who was to blame. 

Thomas Preining's car is shown with extensive damage as the track was cleared of debris

Thomas Preining’s car shows extensive damage after the track was cleaned of all debris 

Schumacher watches on after the race was red-flagged, having suffered back injuries

Schumacher continues to watch after the race is red-flagged. He has back injuries.

In 2014, he was put in a medically-included Coma and then taken home to Switzerland with his family.

Jean Todt was the Ferrari Manager in 2019. He said Schumacher is making good progress, but struggles to communicate. Todt claimed that the ex-racer can watch F1 from home.

However, there are not many updates on his health.  

David Schumacher speaks with his father Ralf, the former F1 driver, at an earlier DTM race

David Schumacher and his father Ralf speak at an F1 event.

Haas is yet to renew Mick Schumacher’s contract. His current F1 season ends at the end.

He fell out in practice for the Japanese Grand Prix and finished 17th.  

Updates on the health of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, who suffered a severe brain injury during a 2013 skiing accident, are few and far between

There are not many updates on Michael Schumacher’s health after he sustained a serious brain injury in a skiing accident.