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2013-12-30 15:28

BOYS IN RED: The Italian automaker Ferrari is backing their former driver F1 legend Michael Schumacher to pull through this critical time. Image: AFP

ROME, Italy - Italy's racing giant Ferrari wished its former star driver Michael Schumacher a speedy recovery on Monday, as the German champion battled for his life following an off-piste skiing accident.

Ferrari said in a statement:"These have been anxious hours for everyone at Ferrari since the news broke of Michael Schumacher's accident. The whole Ferrari team is behind Michael."

BACKING THEIR 'BOY'

Formula One team principle Stefano Domenicali and Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo were "in constant contact with the German champion's family" and expressed "closeness and encouragement in such a difficult moment, with the hope of having better news soon," it said.

Schumacher, the retired seven-time F1 champion who often braved death on the tracks, remained in a critical condition after the off-piste skiing accident in the French Alps.

The racing legend, who turns 45 at the end of the week, had been skiing off-piste on Sunday with his 14-year-old son in the upmarket Meribel resort when he fell and hit his head on a rock, prompting an urgent evacuation by helicopter.

Doctors at the hospital in the southeastern city of Grenoble where he is being treated said Monday his condition was critical.
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