On 29 December 2013 Michael Schumacher was seriously injured in an accident on a ski slope in Méribel, as a result of which he spent several months in a medically induced coma. On the morning of December 29, 2013, during a ski descent in an off-piste on the snows of Méribel in Savoy (France), Michael Schumacher fell and violently hit his head against a rock, an impact aggravated by the presence of a sports video camera whose shaft support pierced the helmet and impacted the skull.
Urgently hospitalized in a semicomatous state at the university hospital of Grenoble, he underwent a neurosurgical operation for severe head trauma and cerebral hemorrhage; after that, he was kept in a medically induced coma.
On June 16, 2014, after about six months, the spokeswoman and manager Sabine Kehm declared that Schumacher, after coming out of a coma, had left the hospital in Grenoble to begin a rehabilitation process in a private clinic.
Already in April, periods of awakening, recovery of consciousness and interaction with the surrounding environment had been announced. Finally, a rehabilitation process was decided at the neuroscience center of the university hospital of Lausanne, not far from his villa in Gland.
On 9 September 2014 Schumacher was discharged from the hospital to continue his rehabilitation at home in Gland. Since then, the family has kept the rider's health conditions completely confidential. Eight years have passed since the champion's terrible accident, and there is still not much news about his hospital stay and his condition.
Schumacher holds some Formula 1 records having achieved, in addition to world titles, also the highest number of fastest race laps and hat trick, i.e. pole position, victory and fastest lap in the same Grand Prix.
Until 13 October 2013 he also held the absolute record for career points, surpassed on that occasion by Fernando Alonso and later by four other drivers. He is in second place all time for number of races won (91), podiums (155) and pole position (68), in all three records behind only Hamilton.
An example of a driver capable of constantly improving himself over the years, his innate natural talent has combined progressive refinements capable of making him excel in race conduct, adapting his driving style to changing conditions and planning every eventuality in advance, all while maintaining always a guide to the limit; this also thanks to the hard training to which he subjected his body, far superior to the colleagues of his generation.
To this he added a marked sensitivity for his own limits as well as for those of his single-seaters, an aspect that made him a driver who rarely made mistakes as well as being able to better direct, through his feedback and judgments, the work of the men of the team; engineers first of all, starting with Ross Brawn with whom he has established a lasting technical partnership which lasted almost for his entire career.
In addition to being a complete driver in every respect, he also had great skills as a test driver able to grow his cars. In addition, Schumacher was the first German to be crowned Formula 1 world champion. He was the most popular icon in Formula 1 until 2006, according to an FIA poll.
In the 2002 world championship he became world champion with six Grands Prix to spare (absolute record), later becoming the only driver in history to have reached the podium in all the races of a scheduled season, 17 in that year.
On 12 October 2003, winning his sixth world championship, he became the most titled Formula 1 driver, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's record, and in 2004 he set a further record by winning the fifth world title with 13 wins out of 18 races.
consecutive as well as seventh of his career. Having retired for the first time at the end of 2006, he decided to return to racing in the 2010 season, at the age of 41, with Mercedes, before retiring for good at the end of 2012.