Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has suffered serious head injuries after a skiing accident in France, according to reports in the country.
The accident happened in the Meribel resort near the city of Grenoble in the south-east of the country. He was reportedly wearing a helmet and was conscious when airlifted to Grenoble Hospital.
Speaking on Sky News, Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte, director general of Meribel ski resort, said,"for the moment I don't know the severity of the injury.
“The gendarmes [military police] are at the scene investigating how the accident happened. He was taken by helicopter to Grenoble Hospital. I don't know if it happened on piste or off piste."
The former racing driver owns a chalet nearby and is a keen skier.
After originally retiring from Formula One in 2006, the German made a comeback to the sport with Mercedes in 2010.
However, the German’s best finish was 3rd and he was consistently out-performed by team-mate Nico Rosberg.
He retired for a second time at the end of the 2012 season after Mercedes made it clear that they were moving to sign Lewis Hamilton from McLaren.
The former Ferrari driver also rejected the chance of a two-race comeback when Lotus asked him to fill in for the injured Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the 2013 season.