Seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is in a ‘critical’ condition after a skiing accident, reports have claimed.
Reports suggest that the former F1 driver suffered a ‘serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation’, the hospital where he is being treated in the French city of Grenoble was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
The German, who is said to have been wearing a helmet, had hit his head against a rock after a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel. He was conscious while being transported to the local hospital.
The 44-year-old is under the care of Professor Gerard Saillant, a brain and spine injury expert and also a close friend of Jean Todt, the president of Formula One’s governing body and Schumacher’s former Ferrari team chief.