Michael Schumacher’s family has thanked fans for their support as the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver remains in a “critical condition” following a skiing accident on Sunday morning.
The 44-year-old is in intensive care at a hospital in Grenoble after suffering serious head injuries in a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps. He underwent surgery overnight and remains in a medically induced coma, with doctors stressing in a press conference on Monday morning that his condition is still life-threatening.
His family, including his wife Corinna and two children, are at the seven-time F1 world champion’s bedside and released the following statement through Schumacher’s long-time press officer Sabine Kehm: “We would like to thank the medical team who we know do everything possible to help Michael.
“We like to also thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for Michael’s recovery.
“We would like to ask the media to respect the privacy of us and our friends and thank them for their support. Thank you.”
Fans and members of the motorsport community took to social media to wish the German well and express their best wishes to his family. Schumacher’s former team Ferrari, who he won five of his seven titles with, wished him well in a statement.
“Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher’s accident. That includes the president, Luca di Montezemolo, who through the Scuderia team principal Stefano Domenicali is in constant contact with the family and those close to the German champion. Montezemolo has offered his encouragement and support at this very difficult time, with the hope that better news will come soon.”
Mercedes, who he raced for between 2010 and 2012 before announcing his retirement for the second time, also sent their best wishes to their ex-driver: “Following the serious injuries sustained by Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident yesterday in France, the thoughts and sympathies of all at Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team are with Michael, his family and friends. We have been shocked to learn that he is in a critical condition and are closely monitoring the latest medical bulletins from Grenoble.
“We all know the depth of Michael’s fighting spirit and send him all our strength and support in this latest battle. We sincerely hope that he will make a full recovery and will be with us again soon.”
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