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    Michael Schumacher injured in skiing accident in France

    Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has been injured in a skiing accident in Meribel, France.

    The German 44, who retired from Formula 1 for the second time at the end of the 2012 season, has been taken by helicopter to hospital in Moutiers.

    "I do not know the severity of the injury," the director of the ski station told French radio station RMC.

    "The police are currently conducting their investigation into the origins of the fall."

    He added: "We do not know yet if it happened on a piste or off-piste."

    More to follow.

    Michael Schumacher injured in skiing accident in France - BBC Sport

    I hope is not serious.


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    The German, 44, who retired from F1 for a second time in 2012, was taken by helicopter to hospital in Moutiers before being moved to Grenoble.

    BBC Radio 5 live F1 correspondent James Allen said: "The injury is serious, but not life threatening."

    Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte, director of the Meribel resort, said: "He was a little shaken but conscious."

    When speaking to Radio Monte Carlo Sport, Gernignon-Lecomte added: "He was wearing a helmet and banged [his head] against a rock."

    Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son and others in an off-piste area between two marked runs above Meribel when he fell on Sunday morning.

    He was attended to by two ski patrollers who requested helicopter evacuation to the nearby valley town of Moutiers, before he was subsequently moved to a bigger facility at Grenoble.

    The German is receiving the attention of Professor Gerard Saillant, a close ally and friend of Schumacher and his former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt.

    Saillant is an expert in brain and spine injury. He oversaw Schumacher's medical care when the German broke his leg in the 1999 British GP.

    His spokeswomen Sabine Kehm said in a statement: "We ask for understanding that we cannot give out continuous information about his health.

    "He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. No one else was involved in the fall."

    Schumacher won seven world championships and secured 91 race victories during a 19-year career in Formula 1.

    He won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000.

    The German retired in 2006, but returned in 2010 with Mercedes. After three seasons which yielded just one podium, he quit the sport at the end of 2012.
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    Me too. I hope he makes a good recovery.

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