MICHAEL-SCHUMACHER-SKIINGFormer world champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition and has been placed in a coma following head injuries he sustained while skiing in an off-piste area in the French Alps on Sunday morning.

The retired seven-time Formula One champion, a keen skier, was skiing with his son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. At the time of the accident, Schumacher was wearing a helmet and was not alone. The accident took place around 11 in the morning; he was airlifted to a nearby hospital within minutes. After the fall, he appeared “a bit shaken but conscious,” according to the director of the Meribel resort where he was skiing.

Schumacher is joined by his family in the hospital. Doctors initially said that the injuries were serious, but not life-threatening. However, the veteran driver’s condition worsened as the injuries became more apparent, and he was subsequently moved to a bigger facility at Grenoble.

“I am praying for you my brother !! I hope you have a quick recovery !! God bless you Michael.”

Doctors have confirmed that Schumacher is in a critical state and is suffering from a brain haemorrhage. A statement from the University Hospital of Grenoble, distributed by Schumacher’s management company on Sunday night, confirmed the 44-year-old was in a coma.

The entire Formula One community was shocked to hear the news. Many of Schumacher’s colleagues and fans took to social media and Twitter to offer their prayers and support.

Felipe Massa, his former teammate tweeted: “I am praying for you my brother !! I hope you have a quick recovery !! God bless you Michael.”

French racing driver, Olivier Panis tweeted in French: “Bon rétablissement Michael ! Courage mec ! (Get well soon, brave dude).”

Sabine Lisicki, fellow German and professional tennis player tweeted: “Uhh, just heard about the terrible accident of Michael Schumacher… Get well soon!!”