Michael Schumacher: Former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa sends support and reveals he is 'praying every day' for his recovery

Massa wore a helmet with 'Schumi' written across the visor in tribute to his friend and former team-mate as he continues to be treated for severe brain injuries sustained in a skiing accident

Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has shown his support to his ex-team-mate Michael Schumacher as he continues to be treated for severe brain injuries following a skiing accident last month that has left him in an induced coma.

Massa took part in an annual charting karting event in his native Brazil with ‘Schumi’ written across his visor, and admitted he is praying for the seven-time world champion to pull through.

In a statement released on the Ferrari website, Massa wrote: “Dear Michael, my great friend, you helped me so much in my career, and I pray for you every day.

“I want to see you stronger than ever, just as always. I give you a big hug.”

Schumacher is currently being treated by doctors in the Grenoble University Hospital after hitting his head on a rock while skiing off-piste. His manager Sabine Kehm has confirmed that he remains in a “stable” condition, though it is not yet known whether he will recover from his injuries.

The 45-year-old German has his wife Corinna maintaining a constant bedside vigil, and the Schumacher family issued a statement earlier this week in which they thanked everyone for their support and tributes to the former Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes driver.

The statement, which was issued after German Bundesliga clubs Cologne and Schalke displayed a banner in support of Schumacher before their friendly last week, read: “We are deeply touched by all the messages to get well soon for Michael which still are being sent. That gives us strength. Thank you all so much.

Players from Cologne (R) and Schalke (L) hold up a banner in tribute to Michael Schumacher Players from Cologne (R) and Schalke (L) hold up a banner in tribute to Michael Schumacher  

“Thank you to the fan club in Kerpen, to FC Cologne and Schalke 04, but also to everybody else and other fan groups who are supporting Michael.

“We all know, he is a fighter and will not give up.”

Schumacher took Massa under his wing when the Brazilian joined the Italian manufacturer in 2006, which proved to be the German’s final year with the team he joined in 1996 as he announced his first retirement from the sport, only to return with Mercedes in 2010.

Massa was released by Ferrari at the end of last season as they resigned the 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, with the Brazilian joining Williams to partner Valteri Bottas for the 2014 season.

Read more:
Schumacher not described as 'critical' for first time since accident
Brain specialist admits Schumacher 'will not be Schumacher if he recovers'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore