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F1 remembers Michael Schumacher on accident anniversary

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Formula 1 is coming together in wishing the best for seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, on the first anniversary of his horrific skiing accident in the French Alps.

Schumacher sustained serious head injuries and was in an artificial coma for nearly six months before he was moved from the Grenoble Hospital, where he was treated following his fall, to a hospital in Lausanne before eventually returning back to his home in Switzerland, where a special room has been created, in September.

Long road ahead

Updates on his condition have been few and far between, with the last official word coming when it was announced he was back in his home near Lake Geneva and his long-time manager Sabine Kehm warned there was a "long and difficult road ahead" in the German's recovery.

A recent report from Philippe Streiff, a former driver who himself was paralysed after a testing accident 25 years ago, claimed Schumacher was still unable to speak but was starting to recognise close family members, but Kehm denied the claims describing them as "factually wrong".

F1 pays tribute

Now, a year on since his accident, fans and drivers alike are marking the anniversary with messages of support, using the hash tag '#KeepFightingMichael' which was created soon after news of his crash broke and was seen on the Mercedes car throughout 2014.

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In a tweet the 2014 world champions paid tribute to their former driver writing: "One year on, our thoughts remain with Michael, his family and friends every day. #KeepFightingMichael". 

Ferrari, the team Schumacher won five of his seven titles with between 2000 and 2004, also remembered the 91-time Grand Prix winner with a simple tweet saying: "A year on, more than ever, #ForzaMichael."

Bianchi crash made for tough 2014

Since Schumacher's accident another driver just starting out on his F1 career also suffered terrible head injuries. Jules Bianchi hit the back of a recovery tractor in worsening weather conditions during October's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The Frenchman, who also had strong links to Ferrari and was seen as one of their star's for the future, is also in the early stages of what will be a long road to recovery but the Marussia driver is out of a coma and was transported back to his hometown of Nice just prior to the final race of the season in November, where he remains unconscious in hospital.

Both stories have affected the F1 world massively this year and both men remain in our minds and hearts as we head into 2015. I'm sure I won't be alone in hoping we hear much better news as Schumacher and Bianchi continue their recoveries in the months and potentially years to come.

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