Friday 19 January 2018

F1 drivers supporting Michael Schumacher

Formula One driver Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna
Formula One driver Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna
Michael Schumacher skis during a stay in the northern Italian resort of Madonna Di Campiglio in January 16, 2004
An helicopter stands outside the CHU Nord hospital in Grenoble, French Alps, where retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was hospitalised after a ski accident
Formula One driver Michael Schumacher pictured in 2010
Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher after finishing his last F1 race at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Laurence Dodds, Press Association

F1 drivers from around the world have wished Michael Schumacher a full recovery as he lies in a coma after a skiing accident in France.

Martin Brundle, who was Schumacher's team-mate at Benetton in 1992 and 1993, tweeted: "Let's hope Michael Schumacher's ski shunt is not too bad and that he's totally fixable. He's a crazy brave skydiving/bike racing daredevil."

Hours later, when the full extent of Schumacher's injuries had become clear, he urged: "Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qualifying pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it."

British F1 racer and former world champion Jenson Button has also voiced his support for Schumacher and urged him to pull through.

"My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time.. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this", he said.

Scottish F1 driver Paul di Resta added: "Terrible news about MSC, thinking of him and his family. Hoping for better news and that he can pull through #getwellsoon."

Felipe Massa, the Brazilian driver whose injury brought Schumacher back to F1 in 2009, posted a picture of the pair embracing on Instragram, with the Portuguese message: "I'm praying for God to protect you, brother!"

In English, he wrote: "I hope you have a quick recovery! God bless you, Michael!"

Schumacher returned to the sport to cover for Massa while he was having a titanium plate put in his skull after crashing in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Jules Bianchi, and Max Chilton also weighed in, offering best wishes and wishing him a quick recovery.

Former F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella tweeted: "I know you Michael, you are the man, you are the best you are..... This is the most difficult race but I am sure you we will again!"

Romain Grosjean, who finished second to the German legend in the 2012 Nations' Cup, tweeted: "All our thoughts to Schumi and his family."

Heikki Kovalainen, who tussled with him on the track in 2004 and 2007, wished him a "full recovery soon". Both gave him the hashtag "#legend".

Stars from other sports also added their well wishes. Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan said: "Forget the cricket. Everyone's thoughts should be with Michael Schumacher."

Golfer Ian Poulter wrote: "Really hoping Michael Schumacher comes thru his terrible skiing accident. Wishing him well."

German international footballer Jerome Boateng tweeted: "Get well soon, Michael Schumacher!"

Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent wrote: "Come on Michael Schumacher - thinking positive thoughts for him."

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