There has been overwhelming support for seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher from key figures around the world as the German remains in a “critical” condition following a ski accident in France.
On Tuesday morning, doctors at the CHU hospital in Grenoble said that following a second operation, scans show there has been a “slight improvement” in the 44-year-old’s condition.
Former US president Bill Clinton tweeted his support: “Thinking today of Michael Schumacher and grateful for all he’s done w/@clintonfdn and for others. My prayers are with him and his family.”
Fellow German and ex-footballer Didi Hamann: “Thoughts with Michael Schumacher and his family. Let’s hope he pulls through. Praying for some good news tomorrow morning for one of the genuine super stars us Germans had in the last 30 years.”
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan said on Twitter: “Forget the Cricket. Everyone’s thoughts should be with Michael Schumacher.”
Former Alpine skiing world champion Luc Alphand said: “I’m stunned. Skiing, for me and a lot of people, is a leisure before anything else. He might have hit a rock with his feet and you don’t need to go fast to hurt yourself.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “Personally, I didn’t know him but I am an admirer of his achievements. We are all shocked that a man who has taken so many risks in his life and got out of every single risk he took, on a simple accident this can happen to him, which can happen to anyone else who is not as gifted on the sporting front. That is very shocking and we wish him well.”
Messages of support have also flooded in from his fellow motor racing contemporaries.
Schumacher’s former rival David Coulthard wrote in his Telegraph column: “The awful thing is that so often it takes something like this before we say what we truly feel about someone.”
McLaren’s Jenson Button tweeted: “My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.”
Schumacher’s former team-mate Felipe Massa added on Twitter: “”I’m praying for God to protect you, brother!”
Double world champion Fernando Alonso tweeted: “Get well soon Michael! Hope to hear some positive news very soon! #strongman.”
Schumacher’s former Benetton team-mate Martin Brundle added on Twitter: “Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qualifying pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it.”
Eddie Jordan, Schumacher’s former team boss at Jordan, told the BBC: “If you were going to look for someone to take on the fight, whether it be sporting or in life, Michael is someone you would want on your team.”
Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde on Twitter: “I am happy to hear some positive news about Schumacher. Keep fighting! #SchumiGetWellSoon #KeepfightingSchumacher”
Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti tweeted: “My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family. If anyone can pull through this it’s him.”