BREAKING NEWS: Michael Schumacher shows ‘Improvement in condition’

Medics today said the latest operation was to remove a blood clot in the left side of his brain, as opposed to the first, which evacuated a similar haematoma outside his brain.

Professor Gay said medics were surprised when a “window of opportunity” to alleviate Schumacher’s condition presented itself last night, but that the team decided to take the chance, after consulting his family.

He added: “The situation is better controlled than it was yesterday. We are not able to say he is out of danger, however, we have gained a bit of time.

“But, once again, the coming hours are still critical hours.”

Professor Jean Francois Payen, head of anaesthetics, said there had been a “transitory improvement” in the pressure inside Schumacher’s skull, allowing medics to scan his brain.

The scan showed signs that he is “relatively stable” and that there there was no worsening of brain lesions caused by the high-speed accident, Professor Payen said.

Since his first surgery, Schumacher has been kept in a state of hypothermia by controlling his temperature to keep it at 34C-35C (93.2F-95F).

The former Ferrari man was reportedly travelling at speeds of up to 60mph when the accident happened, as he visited Meribel for the festive season.

Gerard Saillant, one of the leading neurologists in Paris and a friend of Schumacher, is at the side of his wife, Corinna, 44, and his son and daughter, Gina-Marie, 16, at the hospital.

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Professor Salient said it would be “stupid” to discuss Schumacher’s future at this stage.

He added: “We are slightly less worried than we were yesterday, but we we know that, with events this evening or tonight, this situation can be reversed.”

Schumacher received an outpouring of support from the racing world when news broke about the accident, including from British F1 former world champion Jenson Button, who urged him to pull through.

“My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time. Michael, more than anyone, has the strength to pull through this,” he tweeted.

The German retired from F1 for the final time in 2012 after a three-season comeback with Mercedes.

Schumacher, who also raced for Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari, won the last of his world titles in 2004 in a glittering run.

He secured two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before moving to Ferrari and winning five in a row from 2000, amassing 91 career wins.

His return to the sport with Mercedes after a spell in retirement was less successful. Schumacher managed just one podium finish in his three years with the team and a best end-of-season placing of eighth in 2011.

During his first period of retirement, in 2009, he was taken to hospital after a motorbike crash during testing at a circuit in Cartagena, Spain.

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