Ski accident propels fans of Schumi to overdrive
Barbara McCarthy on the modest but tenacious German sporting hero who turned 45 while in an induced coma
As a half-German national and Formula 1 fan since childhood, hearing about Michael Schumacher's terrible skiing accident last Sunday triggered a deep and genuine concern.
Surely the man Nicki Lauda describes as "the perfect person" can't be battling for his life just because he skied through an unsecured area on a family holiday?
People across the world have been in shock, nowhere more than in his home country. German Chancellor and sports fan Angela Merkel and her cabinet were "extremely dismayed" upon hearing the news while tennis legend Boris Becker and footballer Lucas Podolski have called on people to pray for Schumacher, who singlehandedly turned his home country into a Formula 1-obsessed nation.