News Michael Schumacher gives the thumbs up after qualifying first in Monaco

Sabine Kehm confirms that the former world champion has begun the process of being brought out of his coma but stresses it could take a long time

Michael Schumacher at the drivers parade before the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace last year

Michael Schumacher skiing accident down to ‘extreme bad luck’ rather than speed, his manager says

Sabine Kehm told reporters this morning the former racing driver had remained ‘stable’ overnight with no changes to his condition

The News Matrix: Wednesday 01 January 2014

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Michael Schumacher: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are shocked by the injuries to a man he 'admires' for his achievements

Driver is fighting for life after skiing accident in the French Alps

MICHAEL Schumacher’s skiing helmet was split in two in the accident which left him with life-threatening head injuries on Sunday, it emerged today

Michael Schumacher’s helmet 'split in two' in skiing accident that left him in a coma

'He could die. He could have serious lasting effects such as paralysis or loss of understanding or he could recover completely,' Professor Denis Safran said ahead of today’s critical update

Michael Schumacher is seen in the pits during a training session at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste near Valencia in 2006

Michael Schumacher: Reaction in Germany claims seven-time world champion can't do anything without risk as he continues to fight for his life after skiing accident

Another leading newspaper in Schumacher's homeland asks 'how many guardian angels does Schumi need' following serious head trauma suffered when he hit his head on a rock while skiing

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 31 December 2013

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Michael Schumacher injury: Natasha Richardson’s tragic case shows how brain damage can deceive

The normal rule in head injuries is that if the victim did not lose consciousness at the time of the accident there should be nothing to worry about. But sometimes normal rules don’t apply. Four years ago, the death of actress Natasha Richardson after a skiing injury was described  as a desperately unlucky exception. The daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, who  was married to actor Liam Neeson, had got up after her fall in Quebec, Canada, in March 2009, said she felt  fine and returned to her hotel. But an hour later she complained of a headache and was rushed to hospital.

Michael Schumacher speeds down a course in the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort, in the Italian Alps in January 2006

Michael Schumacher injury: The risks of skiing must be viewed rationally, and reduced - but they cannot be avoided

Often those who do get injured use all available safety precautions

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File: Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is reported to have suffered a serious head injury while skiing in the French Alps

Michael Schumacher: Former Formula One world champion in an 'extremely serious' condition after skiing accident

Seven-time world champion has had an operation to relieve swelling of his brain after he hit his head on a rock while skiing with his family

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.

Members of the staff are seen outside the emergency services at the CHU Nord hospital in Grenoble, French Alps; this is the hospital where retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is reported to be hospitalized after a ski accident

Michael Schumacher ski accident: Helmet 'may have minimised injury'

Wearing a helmet may have “minimised the severity” of injury suffered by racing driver Michael Schumacher following his skiing accident in France, a leading surgeon has said.

Race of Champions falls victim to Bangkok unrest

Organisers of the Race of Champions have been forced to postpone this year's event due to the current political unrest in Thailand.

Mark Webber came second in his final grand prix then drove a warm-down lap without his helmet

F1: Sebastian Vettel eases to ninth straight win as Mark Webber bids a hearty goodbye at the Brazilian Grand Prix

German equals Ascari’s record then lets departing team-mate take the honours on the podium in Brazil

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