Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher is in a 'critical condition' in hospital following a skiing accident on Sunday.
Schumacher was airlifted to hospital in Grenoble following an accident in the French resort of Meribel.
Initial reports early on Sunday afternoon stated that 44-year-old Schumacher suffered a head injury but was conscious following the accident.
But his condition deteriorated and late on Sunday evening, Schumacher's management released a statement to German news agency SID saying that he was admitted to hospital and 'has a head trauma and is in a coma, and required immediate neurological treatment.'
Schumacher was skiing in the French resort of Meribel when he fell and hit his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was taken to Moutiers hospital, but was soon transferred to Grenobles.
Schumacher raced in Formula 1 between 1991 and 2006 before returning to the sport for three seasons until the end of 2012.
He won 91 races and seven world championships in a career spanning over 300 races.