Formula 1 sends support to injured Schumacher

By on Monday, December 30, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas. File Photo.

Mercedes AMG Petronas. File Photo.

The Formula 1 community has emerged to send its support to Michael Schumacher, who is in a critical condition in hospital.

Schumacher fell while skiing in the French Alps on Sunday and is in an induced coma in Grenoble.

Personalities from the sport sent messages of support to the German, who claimed 91 wins and seven championships in a career spanning 19 seasons.

'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,' read a statement released by his former team, Mercedes.

'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.'

Ferrari, with whom Schumacher claimed five of his seven titles, said that they are hoping for better news soon.

'Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher's accident', read a statement from the Italian team.

'President Luca Di Montezemolo, through 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.'

Drivers turned to social networking site Twitter to send Schumacher their support.

'My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time.. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this,' said McLaren driver Jenson Button.

'Get well soon Michael! Hope to hear some positive news very soon!' added Fernando Alonso, who battled Schumacher for the world championship in 2006.

'My thoughts are with Michael and his family at this tricky time,' added former Red Bull driver Mark Webber.

Schumacher's family - who are believed to be at his bedside - also sent their thanks to doctors at the hospital in Grenobles.

'We would like to thank the medical team who we know do everything possible to help Michael,' read a statement. 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.'

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