Michael Schumacher has been snapped sporting a big graze and bandage on his left knee and shin during the Indian Grand Prix weekend.
When asked about it, the seven-time World Champion told reporters he copped the injury courtesy of his second big love, playing football.
“Probably anyone who has played football has experienced this – I was fouled!” he told the German-language Bild newspaper.
While no doubt uncomfortable, it’s hardly on par with the major leg break he suffered in 1999, which derailed his championship aspirations that year.
The German had a tough time in yesterday’s qualifying session, failing to make it into the final phase of qualifying after making a mistake on his final flying lap in Q2. Team-mate Nico Rosberg made it into the top-ten shootout, but opted not to set a timed lap in that session.
“We had a tough qualifying session and I cannot yet really explain why, particularly when I compare the times to what I did this morning,” he said.
“In practice, we were able to run similar lap times with much more fuel in the car but, for whatever reason, we were unable to get the tyres into the right working window and generate enough grip this afternoon. That means I am starting from quite an unpromising position, but it also makes our tactics much simpler: we have to look forward and battle hard.”