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FI driver Michael Schumacher still fragile but improving

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Former Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, is beginning to show "slight improvement" following two hours of surgery to relieve pressure on his brain by removing a large hematoma,” according to Jean-Francois Payen, head of anesthesiology at the University Hospital Center of Grenoble in France.

"The situation is better under control than yesterday," Payen told reporters. "We cannot say that he is out of danger, but we've gained a little time in his development. But the hours to come are hours that are crucial in our strategy."

Schumacher, however, remains in an induced coma following a skiing accident Sunday in Meribel, in the French Alps in which he suffered severe head trauma after hitting his head on a rock hidden beneath the snow.

Schumacher, who turns 45 on January 3rd, is widely considered to be (statistcally) the most successful Formula One driver in the history of the sport, having earned 7 world championships, as well as setting other driving records including most race wins, fastest laps, most consecutive pole positions and most race victories a single season. In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season.

Although he officially retired at the end of the 2006 championship, Schumacher later returned to the F1 track with the revived Mercedes team in 2010 but struggled to repeat his earlier glories. His best finish was third place at last year's European Grand Prix in Valencia, his only podium position in three seasons with team, before retiring for good in 2012.

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