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Michael Schumacher: Former Formula One world champion suffers 'serious' head injury while skiing

By Adam Withnall

The former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has suffered a "serious" head injury while skiing in the French Alps.

The 44-year-old German sportsman, who retired from the sport for the second time last year, was skiing off-piste in the French resort of Meribel. He has been taken by helicopter to a hospital in Moutiers to be treated for a cranial trauma, according to the French media organisation Europe 1.

Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte, the director of Meribel resort, told the French radio station RMC: “He was shocked, a little shaken but conscious.

“He was wearing a helmet and banged [his head] against a rock.

“It could possibly be a cranial injury but it is not very serious.”

Mr Gernignon-Lecomte added that police were currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the fall.

Schumacher won the world championship seven times over the course of his career, and is widely lauded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.

He made a dramatic comeback after a four year break from the sport in 2010, but achieved just one podium finish in three years with Mercedes.

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