Seven-time world Formula 1 racing champion Michael Schumacher suffered “severe head trauma” while skiing in Meribel in the French Alps, according to CNN affiliate BFM-TV.
The director of the ski resort said Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
Schumacher was reportedly skiing on unmarked slopes. He was conscious at the scene of the accident.
British journalist Kevin Garside told CNN that Schumacher was “a very good skier” but acknowledged that he was “fearless”— like most F1 drivers.
“These people don’t recognize fear like you and I do. There is no gene in their body that lets them go slow,” Garside said.
The 44-year-old German driver, who retired from F1 in 2012, won seven world championships and 91 races during his 19-year career.
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