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Formula One: Schumacher remains in critical condition

Formula One: Schumacher remains in critical condition
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| Latest News | Monday December 30 2013 6:42

 

UPDATED 7:51pm: Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life in hospital after a fall while skiing.

The 44-year-old was wearing a helmet but suffered a critical head injury in an accident in the French Alps earlier today.

British journalist Kevin Garside told CNN Schumacher was very experienced on the slopes.

"Schumacher wasn't a skiier when he joined Ferrari, but by the time he left he as an excellent skiier.

"Each year Ferrari used to have a media week in the alps, and at the end of the week they would always have a race and it was always Michael who won the race."

Pursuit of speed

It was the thrill of speed that took Michael Schumacher from the Formula One circuit to the skifield.

Now, the racing legend is fighting for his life after a skiing accident in the French Alps.

Despite wearing a helmet, the 44-year-old is critically injured after hitting his head on a rock.

British journalist Kevin Garside told CNN risk-taking is in the blood of Formula One drivers.

"These people do not recognise fear as you and I do, there is no gene in their bodies that allow them to go slow when we would sense the need to go slow."

But Garside says Schumacher was an experienced skiier who put safety first on the slopes.

Schumacher undergoes brain surgery

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is critically ill after hitting his head on a rock while skiing.

The now-retired 44-year-old suffered the injury while skiing off-piste in the French Alps.

He slipped into a coma on the way to hospital where he immediately underwent brain surgery.

Motorsport commentator Bob McMurray says the racing world is hoping he has a full recovery.

"Michael is an iconic name in the sport, love him or hate him, he polarised people enormously but there is no doubt that he was one of the greatest talents that motorsport has ever seen."

Schumacher is to turn 45 on the 3rd of January.

Schumacher 'Always a thrill seeker'

The most successful driver in Formula One history is in critical condition after a skiing accident in the French Alps.

44-year-old Michael Schumacher has suffered a severe head trauma despite wearing a helmet, after falling and hitting his head on a rock.

He was in a coma when he arrived at hospital, and required immediate brain surgery.

Former McLaren F1 team member and now motorsport commentator Bob McMurray says Schumacher has always been a thrill seeker, and has injured himself before while taking part in numerous sports.

"Once Michael retired Formula 1 the first time he took up some form of motorcycle racing, and he did injure himself a couple of times, minor injures.

"Case in point you skiing out of control going downhill on two wooden planks."

McMurray says Schumacher is a legend and it will be a huge loss if Schumacher's condition deteriorates further.

"Schumacher is a name forever entwined with motorsport and Formula One especially. Just about the most successful, in terms of achievements, driver there ever has been."

Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

Former Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher is in a critical condition in hospital.

French radio station RMC says the 44-year-old suffered a brain haemorrhage after a fall while skiing in the French Alps.

He was taken to Grenoble Hospital.

SKY News reports the hospital has confirmed his condition is critical.

The seven-time Formula One champion was skiing off-piste at the resort of Meribel.

Sky News' Siabhan Robbins reports: "He'd just got off a chairlift with his 14-year-old son in Meribel when he tripped on a rock and hit his head.

"He was wearing a helmet and emergency services were with him very quickly.

"He was then airlifted to a local hospital before being moved to Grenoble Hospital, where we understand he is undergoing scans."

Schumacher was conscious when taken to hospital, but is now in a coma.

Sky's Enda Brady earlier reported Schumacher was having scans.

"We're told he's a very accomplished skier, he's passionate about skiing. He turns 45 next week so it was a New Years, birthday trip all rolled into one with his son."

He said earlier doctors were saying Schumacher's injuries were not life threatening.

"[He was] conscious throughout, shocked, shaken, but very much alive and well."

Former McLaren F1 team member and now motorsport commentator Bob McMurray says Schumacher is a legend.

"Schumacher is a name forever entwined with motorsport and Formula One especially. Just about the most successful, in terms of achievements, driver there ever has been."

Fans have gathered outside the French hospital.

Photo: Helicopter outside hospital in Grenoble, France, where Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is being treated after a ski accident (Getty Images)

 

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