F1 world in shock while support pours in for Schumacher and his family

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2012, Grand Prix of Bahrain

Support has been pouring in for Michael Schumacher after the retired seven-time Formula 1 World Champion suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Sunday, and doctors say “his condition is life-threatening” - full report here>>>

The next official report from the hospital is expected on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile a spokesman for German chancellor Angela Merkel told a briefing: “We hope that he overcomes his injuries and [that he] can recover.”

World F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel told German media: “I am shocked and I hope that he will get better as quickly as possible. I now wish his family a lot of strength.”

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Former Benetton team mate Martin Brundle told Sky TV: “He’s only a year out of the F1 cockpit but as a driven and competitive person you can’t simply switch off and settle down at the end of a long career, you need challenges and achievements to keep the adrenalin flowing. But from what I read he wasn’t taking undue risks on the ski slopes, and it seems he’s been very unlucky on this one. The need for machinery and speed will always be there, it’s inevitable. When I read that Michael had received a blow to the right side of his head I couldn’t help but think of Ayrton [Senna], and pondered why these things so often happen to the truly great. I sincerely hope and expect of course that this incident has a much happier ending, and I feel sure that his competitive determination and fitness will give him the best chance.”

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From Schumacher’s former team Ferrari: “Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher’s accident.”

Felipe Massa, 2008 would be F1 World Champion, on Twitter: “I’m praying for God to protect you, brother!”

Former F1 driver David Coulthard told the BBC: “As I know Michael from the racetrack, there is no question in my mind that he has the physical ability to take on this challenge, the greatest challenge of his life.”

Jean Todt: “Michael is a partner, a brother for me. I am devastated. Sorry, I have no more to tell…”

Double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso on Twitter: “Get well soon Michael! Hope to hear some positive news very soon! #strongman”

Former Jordan and HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan on Twitter: “Terrible to hear about M Schumacher’s skiing injury. If anyone can pull through this its you.”

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2012, Grand Prix of Bahrain

Quadruple Indy Car champion Dario Franchitti on Twitter: “My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family. If anyone can pull through this it’s him.”

Former Alpine skiing World Champion Luc Alphand: “I’m stunned. Skiing, for me and a lot of people, is a leisure before anything else. He might have hit a rock with his feet and you don’t need to go fast to hurt yourself.”

Former F1 World Champion Jenson Button: “My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time.. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.”

Giedo van der Garde: “My thoughts and prayers are with Michael, his family, and friends!!! #MichaelSchumacher keep fighting.”

Daniel Ricciardo: “Pulling for Schumi.”

Race of Champions, Rajamangala Track, Bangkok, Thailand, 15-16 December 2012.

Nico Hülkenberg: “My thoughts are with Michael and his family! Hope to hear something positive very soon!”

Pastor Maldonado: “Sad news [Sunday] about Shumi, praying for you mate!”

Paul Di Resta: “Terrible news about MSC, thinking of him and his family. Hoping for better news and that he can pull through.”

Sergio Perez: “You will win your most important race Schumi!!!”

Romain Grosjean: “All our thoughts to Schumi and his family ! Hope you will recover soon.”

Jean-Eric Vergne: “Wishing all the best to Michael, hope everything will be good..!”

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Timo Glock: “I am deeply shocked and in my mind  in these difficult days with his family and all the people that like him so much as I do!”

Williams F1 Team: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael, his family,friends and fans at this time.”

Toro Rosso: “Our thoughts are with Michael and his family, wishing him a full recovery.”

Red Bull Racing: “We wish Michael Schumacher a full and strong recovery. We are thinking of him and his family at this very difficult time.”

Vitaly Petrov: “All my thoughts are with Michael and his family. Get well soon Michael!”

Michael Schumacher and his wife, Corinna 2005

Mark Webber: “My thoughts are with Michael and his family at this tricky time.”

Sauber F1 Team: “Our thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family. We wish them strength in this difficult time.”

Caterham F1 Team: “Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with Michael, his family, friends and supporters.”

Sahara Force India: “All our thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family at this moment. Come on Champion!”

Audi Sport: “The whole motorsport world is united in the hope that Michael Schumacher will recover from his terrible skiing accident.”

Michael Schumacher at the his 20th Anniversary party with fellow drivers during the 2011 Belgian GP weekend

Lewis Hamilton; “Mine and my family’s prayers and thoughts are with Michael and his family. I wish him a quick recovery. God Bless him.”

Nico Rosberg: “My thoughts are with Michael, his family and his friends. If someone finds a way out it will be #Schumi. Hopefully there will soon be good news.”

Mercedes F1 Team: “Following the serious injuries sustained by Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident yesterday [Sunday] 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.”

NBA star and compatriot Dirk Nowitzki on Twitter: “My thoughts are with Schumi.”

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan: “Forget the cricket… everyone’s thoughts should be with Michael Schumacher.”

Valentino Rossi: “Forza Schumi don’t give up we are all with you.” (Reuters-Apex)

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  • T

    Reminds me of long ago in a different way.

    Also isn’t it weird that amongst all well wishes there’s no word from the Mercedes squad or drivers?

    Get well soon Schumacher.

  • sir EL

    Lost for words…i’m truly lost for words….c’mon Champ keep the faith

  • felix rae

    Update from BBC News:

    Michael has been put into a medically induced coma in an attempt to appease the build up of blood between his cranium and brain tissue.

    It sounds like an epidural hematoma. Common with skiing accidents.

    If it’s untreated for too long, people normally die within hours, so I am taking no news as good news.

    If there is anyone who is tenacious enough to fight this, it’s Shumi!

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ T

    Nothing weird. If you had read the article you would see the comments made by Mercedes F1, Nico Rosberg, And Lewis Hamilton.

  • sebolonso

    Where are the comments from Ferrari. After all he achieved almost everything there.

  • haha

    @T, Hamilton is US time. I live in europe and haven’t slept all night burning candles, soon as he was up Hamilton posted something. But that shouldn’t matter, it’s not all twitter and FB that counts it’s being mentally with him and his family. To me as a tifosi he is my childhood hero, but to them he is a father and a husband. Ross Brawn hasn’t got twitter but he rushed to the hospital to support Corinna the kids, Ralf, his dad etc. I have to admit I do look on twitter myself to look at tweets from the f1 world, but it feels a bit like disaster tourism. His family asks privacy which the deaf journalists at 11 pm in the hospital, the doctor does lenghty explanation about his condition and they,re bearely listening and waiting like cockroaches to ask a stupid question. Give them their privacy and lets all silently hope for better, despite the people who like to hear bad news or worse like to bring bad news because it sells better. Schumi deserves better, he on his own gave more to the survivers of the 2004 tsunami than any government did without him wanting any publicity for it, THAT IS MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, A LEGEND IN AND OUT OF THE CAR JUST AS AYRTON WAS. New years eve is canceled for me and i don’t care, I’ll have a meal at home lit a candle and pray, hope Michael celebrates his 45th birthday on friday with his family. Let that be all our christmas miracle. And i saw people reacting, it’s because he’s famous that it get’s more attention( fame, achievements or wealth don’t define someone, but his actions, like the tsunami donation, do!). It makes me sick, I lost my mom from cancer last year despite praying and when i heard of michaels accident it almost made me feel as bad as last year. Even if I don’t know him personally, I pray for him and lit my candle just as I did for my mom. And I truly hope they are answered this time and Michael makes it. For now I’m watching all 90ies 2000s reviews and it’s hard not to cry, he just has to make it.

  • O’Ferrari

    Fcuk. I this is like Possum Bourne. Days of waiting. …

    I hope this has a better outcome

  • Zombie Jebus

    The more details emerge the worse it gets… echoing the world, I hope Michael can find a way back to us and his family!

  • James

    Ugh…and all these happen just a couple of days before his birthday

  • SteveisGreat

    Hang in there Schumi! We’re all pulling for you!

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ sebolonso

    It’s clear you’re also guilty of posting before reading the ENTIRE article –

    From Schumacher’s former team Ferrari: “Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher’s accident.”

    Geez you guys, That’s just embarrassing.

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ ha ha

    That’s probably the best post I’ve ever seen here in my three plus years with Yalla/GPrix247. I had to read it twice and had this strange moisture in my eyes all the sudden . . . .

    So sorry to hear about your mother passing away. Cancer is the absolute worst. In my line of work I see lots of that and I hate it every time. Again, Really sorry about that.

    I have no idea who you are – but you will also be in my thoughts tonight also. Try and hang in there and lets hope for the best. Never give up on prayer because faith is an awesome force than can work miracles if you believe. Never give up period.


  • David

    My thoughts are with Michael and his family and I wish him a full recovery from his injuries.
    This accident has cast a shadow over New Year celebrations for me. Strange, since I don’t know him personally and I know of other people facing crises in their lives, why this should be. Maybe because Schumi is the epitomy of a full and action packed life this has been a reminder of the fragility of all our lives.

    Gute Besserung, Michael.