Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher is continuing to be monitored and assessed hour-by-hour after his skiing accident on Sunday.

A press conference was held this morning and in it doctors in Grenoble said he remains in a 'critical condition'. The 44-year-old has been put in an artificial coma in a bid to reduce inter-cranial pressure.

Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing off piste in the French resort of Meribel yesterday morning. He was airlifted to a local hospital in Meribel, before being transferred to a larger one in Grenoble, where he was immediately operated on to remove a blood clot. There had been reports he had a second operation overnight, however, officials said this was not the case and that currently they do not intend to operate for a second time.

Asked about his future, doctors added that it was 'far too early to say anything as far as prognosis is concerned'.

"We cannot tell you what the outcome will be yet," reporters were told. "All we can do is wait.

"We are working hour-by-hour, we cannot say anything more, we cannot speculate. He is in a critical situation, and we can say he is fighting for his life.

"We will update you more as soon as we feel it will be useful."

The injury suffered was described as a 'typical' skiing accident, something that occurs on a 'frequent basis', although it was acknowledged that the fact he was wearing a helmet did help protect him and that without it he would not be here now.

"We are in contact with his family," doctors added.

"They are at his bedside."



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