UPDATE: Michael Schumacher in “stable but critical condition” following second operation

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UPDATED: Wednesday 1 January, 4pm 

Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s condition has improved slightly after a second operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

“Michael’s condition has been carefully supervised all the night and has remained stable also this morning,” said Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s assistant on Wednesday. “For the moment, the good news for today is that we will not hold a press conference because there are no significant changes. Still, the condition overall is critical.”

Schumacher suffered a head injury while skiing in the French Alps. Following the second operation, doctors said a scan showed signs that he was “better then yesterday, but still not out of danger”.

“We can’t say he is out of danger but… we have gained a bit of time,” anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen told a news conference . “The coming hours are crucial.”

“But all the family is very much aware that his state is still sensitive and anything can happen.”

Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son and two others in the French resort of Meribel when he fell on Sunday morning. He was taken by helicopter to hospital in Moutiers before being moved to Grenoble.

The hospital where he is being treated first released a statement on Sunday evening describing his condition as “critical”, and said that he “was suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival”. He was immediately operated upon.

The F1 world has shown its support for Schumacher through Twitter. Jenson Button tweeted: “My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.”

Felipe Massa has posted a picture of him hugging his former Ferrari teammate. “I am praying for you my brother!” wrote the Brazilian. “I hope you have a quick recovery! God bless you Michael.”

We send our very best to Michael and all his family, and wish him a full and speedy recovery.

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