UPDATE (11.25am): Doctors at the University Hospital of Grenoble have now confirmed that Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life and say that they cannot speculate on his  prognosis. "He's in a critical situation - this is considered to be extremely serious," Chief Anaesthetist Jean-Francois Payen told journalists.

"We’re currently not able to talk about any after affects, for the moment we cannot speculate at all. He is in a critical condition", brain surgeons treating the F1 driver said. The Formula One champion is in intensive care at the French hospital this morning following a skiing accident in the Alps yesterday (December 29th). Doctors have confirmed  that if he had not been wearing a ski helmet he would have almost certainly been killed.

It's understood that the former racing driver was skiing off-piste in the French resort of Meribel when he fell and hit his head. Initial reports suggested that Mr Schumacher had walked away unscathed as he was wearing a helmet but the a statement from the University Hospital of Grenoble, which was circulated by Schumacher's management company on Sunday night, said the 44-year-old was now in a coma.

"Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40pm, following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning," the statement said. "He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation."

Here's hoping the Formula One champ pulls through.