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Lewis Hamilton’s prayers with Michael Schumacher

SUPPORT: Schumacher, left, with Hamilton at a F1 conference in 2012 (PA)

MERCEDES DRIVER Lewis Hamilton has said his “prayers and thoughts” remain with seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, who is in an induced coma after injuring his head in a skiing accident.

The ex-Ferrari racer, who holds the record amount of world titles in the sport, is in a critical condition in a Grenoble hospital, in France, following a fall while on the slopes on Sunday (Dec 29).

Doctors at the hospital say Schumacher is “fighting for his life”, and that he would be dead if he had not been wearing a helmet when he hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste.

Joining other figures from the world of motor racing with messages of support, Hamilton, who took the world title off Schumacher in 2008, offered his best to the injured legend on social media.

Writing yesterday (Dec 30) on his Twitter account, the 28-year-old, who replaced Schumacher at Mercedes in 2012 following his retirement, said: “Mine and my families prayers and thoughts are with Michael and his family.

“I wish him a quick recovery. God Bless him.”

Seven-time world champion Schumacher, 44, was skiing with his son when the accident happened in the French Alps resort of Meribel.

His family are by his bedside at Grenoble University Hospital, where professor Jean-Francois Payen said experts could not yet give a prognosis for Schumacher.

The doctor said: “He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation. We are working hour by hour.

“We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head.”

The F1 community and wider world has been shocked by Schumacher’s accident.

A spokesman for German chancellor Angela Merkel said: “We hope, with Michael Schumacher and with his family, that he can overcome and recover from his injuries”.

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