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  • 2 January 2014, 15:51

Michael Schumacher: Niki Lauda Tells Of Support

Former Formula One champion Niki Lauda has come out in support of fellow racing star Michael Schumacher following a skiing accident in the French Alps.

Lauda suffered severe burns when his Ferrari burst into flames during the 1976 German Grand Prix in Nurburgring.

The three-time F1world champion, who came close to death after inhaling toxic gases, said: "I think there is someone up there who is trying to help him (Schumacher) in this situation."

"At the time, I could help myself. Michael, though, cannot do anything for the moment," he said in an interview with weekly Die Zeitmagazine.

Players from Premier League leaders Arsenal have also sent Schumacher a get well message.

Following a match on Wednesday, Arsenal's German forward Lukas Podolski posted a picture on Facebook of him with his team-mates holding a shirt bearing the message 'GET WELL SOON SCHUMI'.

Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, has spent four nights in hospital battling severe brain injuries following the accident at the skiing resort of Meribel.

The seven-time world champion's fight for survival began when he fell and hit his head while he was skiing in a small, off-piste section of Meribel located in between two slopes full of half-buried rocks.

The accident led to an outpouring of sympathy from racing stars and fans.

A source close to a probe into the incident said his helmet, which medics say saved his life, had been smashed "in two" by the impact.

The German racing legend remains in a critical condition, with his wife Corinna, 16-year-old daughter Gina-Maria and 14-year-old son Mick at his bedside in the French Alpine city of Grenoble.

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