Five years since Michael Schumacher's accident

10.09.2006 Monza, Italy, Winner, Michael Schumacher (GER),

Five years ago today, seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher was on holiday with his family, skiing in the French Alps. He and his then 14-year-old son Mick were descending the Combe de Saulire when Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock.

Even though he had been wearing a helmet at the time, Schumacher was seriously injured and airlifted to Grenoble Hospital. He underwent two emergency surgeries to stabilise his condition and save his life, and subsequently put into a medically induced coma.

Ever since the accident, the Schumacher family has asked for privacy and fiercely guarded all news about his condition. It was reported in June 2014 that he had been revived from the coma and was showing "small encouraging signs" and "moments of consciousness".

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 with wife Corinna.

After a spell in hospital at Lausanne, Switzerland he was moved to a specially prepared medical facility at the family home on Lake Geneva, where he continues his rehabilitation. His personal manager Sabine Kehm has said that his condition is slowly improving, "considering the severity of the injury he had".

Michael Schumacher's absence has left a big hole in the world of motorsport and he is much missed by his fans and everyone who knew him in the paddock, who continue to hope that one day he will win his battle for recovery. The racing legend turns 50 next week and his life and career will be commemorated by a special exhibition at Ferrari's museum in Maranello.

In the meantime, our thoughts on this day go to his family, including wife Corinna, son Mick, daughter Gina-Marie, and brother Ralf, himself a former F1 driver. #KeepFightingMichael

A banner for Michael Schumacher (GER) in the grandstand.

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