No change to Schumacher's condition - hospital
6 January 2014 – F1 legend Michael Schumacher remains 'critical but stable', Grenoble University Hospital confirmed on Monday in a written statement to the media.
The German, who won the F1 Drivers’ title a record seven times, is currently battling head injuries sustained just over a week ago in a skiing accident in France.
The statement from the hospital reads: “The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him.
"However, the medical team responsible underlines that they will not stop to consider Michael’s condition as critical.
“The privacy of the patient demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being.
“We again insistently ask you to respect this and to stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or his management, as this is the only valid information.”
Schumacher’s family meanwhile has said that they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the silent vigil held to coincide with the former Ferrari driver’s 45th birthday. Over two hundred fans converged on the hospital on Friday to show their support.
“The incredible sympathies shown today [Friday] by the Ferrari Fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears. We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world,” the family said in a message on Schumacher’s official website.