Michael Schumacher ski accident: Sebastian Vettel leads F1 drivers support to 'daredevil' colleague
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.
Four-time world champions Sebastian Vettel led the tributes, with Schumacher's protégé telling German sporting news agency SID: "I am shocked and I hope that he'll be feeling better as soon as possible. I wish his family much strength now."
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 looked likely to bring 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 announced a return 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, only to be ruled out through an injury he suffered while riding motorcycles.
Nico Hulkenberg, who has recently rejoined Force India, passed on his best to his fellow German, writing: "My thoughts are with Michael & his family! Hope to hear something positive very soon!"
British F1 world champion Nigel Mansell, who raced against Schumacher in his title-winning season of 1992, also used the social media site to express his sadness at the accident.
"Very shocked to hear about Michael Schumacher our thoughts are with Michael, his wife Corinna and their two children at this terrible time," wrote Mansell.
Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who retired last month, wrote: "My thoughts are with Michael and his family at this tricky time."
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".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement via her spokesman Steffen Steibert to express the shock felt in Schumacher’s homeland of Germany.
Seibert told the German media: "Like millions of Germans, the Chancellor and the members of the Federal Government were very shocked when they learned of Michael Schumacher's bad skiing accident.
"We hope, along with Michael Schumacher and his family, that his injuries will heal and he will recover. We wish his wife, his children and the rest of his family strength and mutual support."
Ferrari, with whom Schumacher ended a 21-year trophy drought when he won the drivers’ world championship from 2000 through to 2004, issued a statement on their website sent their support through their website.
"Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher's accident.
"That includes the president, Luca Di Montezemolo, who through the Scuderia team principal Stefano Domenicali is in constant contact with the family and those close to the German champion.
"Montezemolo has offered his encouragement and support at this very difficult time, with the hope that better news will come soon."
And Mercedes also issued a statement having seen the German make a comeback in their car back in 2010.
"We have been shocked to learn that he is in a critical condition and are closely monitoring the latest medical bulletins from Grenoble,” the statement read.
“We all know the depth of Michael's fighting spirit and send him all our strength and support in this latest battle.
“We sincerely hope that he will make a full recovery and will be with us again soon.”
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 Michael Pinsent wrote: "Come on Michael Schumacher - thinking positive thoughts for him."
Former Ashes-winning England captain Michael Vaughan posted: "Forget the cricket... Everyone's thoughts should be with Michael Schumacher..."
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