Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher is in a critical condition after a skiing accident, the BBC reports, quoting the French hospital he’s now in. The 44-year-old German suffered serious brain trauma, was in a coma on arrival and underwent a brain operation.

“Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40 [11:40 GMT], following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning. He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation,” the Grenoble hospital said in a statement.

The accident happened when Schumi was skiing off-piste with his son in the French Alps on Sunday. He was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head against a rock at the French ski resort of Meribel, according to manager Sabine Kehm.

Professor Gerard Saillant, a close ally and friend of Schumacher, and his former Ferrari team boss Datuk Seri Jean Todt are at the hospital. Prof Saillant, an expert in brain and spine injury, oversaw Schumacher’s medical care when the F1 champ broke his leg in the 1999 British GP.

We pray for a speedy recovery for the man who dominated a generation of F1, one who showed great will and strength when the chips were down. Get well soon, Schumi!