Formula One drivers wish Michael Schumacher well after skiing accident
Formula One drivers from around the world have wished a full recovery as he lies in a coma after a skiing accident in France.
Soon after news of the accident on Sunday afternoon 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."
Felipe Massa, the Brazilian driver whose injury brought Schumacher back to F1 in 2009, posted a picture of the pair embracing on Instagram, 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-Éric Vergne, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton also weighed in, offering best wishes and wishing him a quick recovery.
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".
Scottish F1 driver Paul di Resta tweeted: "Terrible news about MSC, thinking of him and his family. Hoping for better news and that he can pull through #getwellsoon."
Stars from other sports also added their well wishes. The retired cricketer Michael Vaughan said: "Forget the cricket. Everyone's thoughts should be with Michael Schumacher."
Golf's Ian Poulter wrote: "Really hoping Michael Schumacher comes thru his terrible skiing accident. Wishing him well."
The German international footballer Jérôme Boateng tweeted: "Get well soon, Michael Schumacher!" And the Olympic rowing champion Sir Michael Pinsent wrote: "Come on Michael Schumacher – thinking positive thoughts for him."