Seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher has been taken to hospital following an accident while skiing in the French resort of Meribel.
According to initial media reports from Europe 1
, the former Ferrari
and Mercedes driver was airlifted to hospital with 'serious head injuries', although there was no official comment from either the hospital or Schumacher's representatives.
The director of the ski station where Schumacher was injured has since made comment on the incident, however, insisting that the 44-year-old was 'shaken but conscious' when taken to hospital and had been wearing a helmet at the time.
Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte also insisted that the injuries may not be as serious as first suggested.
"He was shocked, a little shaken but conscious,” he told RMC Sport
. "It may be a head injury but it is not very serious.
"He was wearing a helmet and banged [his head] against a rock."
Schumacher, who retired from F1 for a second time at the end of 2012, is reported to have been skiing off piste when the incident happened.
Initially he was taken to a local hospital in Meribel before being transferred to a larger one in Grenoble.
A statement issued by his spokeswomen, Sabine Kehm, reads:
“Michael fell on his head when he was on a private skiing trip in the French Alps. He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical attention.
"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.”FURTHER UPDATES:
Schumacher in a critical condition after skiing accident - HERE
Schumacher still critical - HERE