Michael Schumacher, the most successful pilot in the history of Formula 1 and seven-times world champion, suffered a severe head trauma during a skiing accident. The 44-year-old German was spending the holidays in the Maribel resort in the French Alps where the incident took place. According to the resort director, Schumacher was skiing off-piste with his 14-year-old son when the champion tumbled and hit his head on a rock.
According to witnesses Schumacher was wearing a helmet for protection and was conscious moments after the accident but collapsed later. The F1 pilot was then airlifted to the local hospital in Grenoble. According to the medical staff he was stable while being transported but a later report stated that the pilot’s condition worsened in the hospital. He suffers from a brain haemorrhage and is currently in the state of coma.
A renowned specialist in brain and spinal injuries, Professor Gerard Saillant was flown to the hospital in Grenoble immediately to supervise Shumacher’s condition. Professor Saillant is closely related to Jean Todt, F1’s president and former Ferrari team chief.
Michael Shumacher came back to the F1 in 2010 with a 3-year contract with Mercedes after an early retirement with Ferrari back in 2006. Although he struggled to achieve his former glories, the pilot still remains a legend in the popular race sport.