Michael Schumacher still in critical condition

Today marks the 45th birthday of seven time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher. He remains in an induced coma five days after a skiing accident suffered in the French Alps.

Thousands of supporters gathered outside the hospital in Grenoble where doctors performed emergency surgery on the retired driver to stop haemorrhaging of the brain. The doctors did not offer further details since Wednesday, suggesting that his condition had not changed.

The circumstances of the accident remain unclear, but doctors believe that he fell as he was descending on a trail off-piste. His head then hit a rock with such force that his helmet broke.

According to his doctors, Michael Schumacher will not need a second surgery, but his condition remains serious and he is still fighting for his life. It is still too early to assess how long he will remain in a coma.

Michael Schumacher began his F1 career in 1992 with Benetton. He won the drivers' championship in 1994 and 1995 before moving to Ferrari where he won five other titles. He attempted a return to F1 with Mercedes in 2010 before officially retiring in 2012.