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Massa praying for Schumacher

Felipe Massa has revealed he is praying for Michael Schumacher on a daily basis as his close friend continues to fight for his life.

The seven-times Formula One world champion remains in an induced coma at the University of Grenoble hospital after suffering brain injuries in a skiing accident at the French Alpine resort of Meribel at the end of last month.

Wife Corinna, who is maintaining a constant bedside vigil, recently issued a heart-felt thank you to all those who continue to send in messages of support, insisting her husband "is a fighter (who) will not give up".

One of those to express such support is Massa, Schumacher's team-mate at Ferrari in 2006, with the German taking the Brazilian under his wing that particular season.

Via Ferrari's website, Massa's touching message read: "Dear Michael, my great friend, you helped me so much in my career, and I pray for you every day.

"I took part in my karting race (an annual event in Brazil with Massa as host) with your name on my helmet visor.

"Now I want to see you stronger than ever, just as always. I give you a big hug!"

The fear amongst leading neurologists around the world is the longer Schumacher is his artificially-induced state, the more difficult it will be for him to regain normal cognitive function should he awaken.