Michael Schumacher's condition very critical, uncertain: Doctors

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Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was injured in a skiing accident in French Alps. (AP) Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was injured in a skiing accident in French Alps. (AP)
SummaryDoctors, however, said Schumacher's age and his fitness should work in his favor.

responders arrived on the scene, although agitated and in shock, according to the resort. He was airlifted to a local hospital and then later brought to Grenoble.

His wife and other family members are by his bedside. But his manager Sabine Kehm said reports that Jean Todt, his former Ferrari team boss and now president of motorsport's governing body, the FIA, and Ross Brawn, who worked with Schumacher at Ferrari and Mercedes F1 teams, were at the hospital were wrong.

Schumacher has been seriously hurt before. He broke his leg in a crash at the Silverstone race course in 1999. He also suffered serious neck and spine injuries after a motorcycling accident in February 2009 in Spain.

As news of the accident spread, Formula One drivers rushed to wish Schumacher a quick recovery.

Sebatian Vettel, who was once referred to as "Baby Schumi,'' told German news agency dpa: "I am shocked and hope that he will get better as soon as possible.''

Former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, who himself recovered from life-threatening head injuries at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, wrote on Instagram: "I am praying for you my brother!! I hope you have a quick recovery!! God bless you Michael.''

British former world champion Jenson Button said posted that his "thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time. ... Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.''

During his career, Schumacher had seven drivers' championships and 91 race wins. After initial success with the Benetton team, Schumacher moved to Ferrari and helped turn the Italian team into the sport's dominant force. After initially retiring in 2006, he made a comeback in 2010 and raced for three years with Mercedes.

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