Schumacher family thanks fans for support

Michael Schumacher's family has thanked fans for their support as the seven-time world champion remains in a critical condition following a skiing accident.

Schumacher is in intensive care at a hospital in Grenoble after suffering serious head injuries during a fall at the French resort of Meribel on Sunday. He underwent surgery overnight but doctors stressed that he was still in a critical condition on Monday morning.

Fans and fellow drivers took to social media to wish Schumacher well and express their support for his family. In a statement issued by Schumacher's press officer, Sabine Kehm, the family thanked both the doctors involved and the many fans offering support.

"We would like to thank the medical team who we know do everything possible to help Michael," read the statement. "We like to also thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for Michael's recovery

"We would like to ask the media to respect the privacy of us and our friends and thank them for their support. Thank you."

Schumacher's old team Ferrari, which he won five of his seven titles with, wished him well in a statement.

"Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher's accident. That includes the president, Luca di Montezemolo, who through the Scuderia team principal Stefano Domenicali is in constant contact with the family and those close to the German champion. Montezemolo has offered his encouragement and support at this very difficult time, with the hope that better news will come soon."

Schumacher's most recent F1 team, Mercedes, also wished their ex-driver well.

"Following the serious injuries sustained by Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident yesterday in France, the thoughts and sympathies of all at Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team are with Michael, his family and friends. We have been shocked to learn that he is in a critical condition and are closely monitoring the latest medical bulletins from Grenoble.

"We all know the depth of Michael's fighting spirit and send him all our strength and support in this latest battle. We sincerely hope that he will make a full recovery and will be with us again soon." ESPN F1