SHOCK AND PRAYERS LIGHT UP SO­CIAL ME­DIA

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

The For­mula One com­mu­nity, and the wider world of mo­tor­sport, re­acted with shock and prayers on so­cial net­work Twit­ter for Michael Schu­macher to win his big­gest bat­tle.

His for­mer Fer­rari team­mate Felipe Massa, who re­cov­ered from life-threat­en­ing in­juries sus­tained at the Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix in 2009, wrote on In­sta­gram: “I am pray­ing for you my brother!! I hope you have a quick re­cov­ery!! God bless you Michael.”

“If any­one can pull through, it’s him,” said Bri­tain’s triple Indy 500 win­ner Dario Fran­chitti, who is still walk­ing on crutches af­ter a huge crash in Oc­to­ber that ended his rac­ing ca­reer.

“Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qual­i­fy­ing pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it,” said Schu­macher’s for­mer Benet­ton team­mate Martin Brun­dle.

The Twit­ter feed of Ger­many’s Adrian Su­til, who drives for Sauber, read: “I hope Michael Schu­macher will get well soon! All my best to him and his fam­ily.” Ro­main Gros­jean of Lo­tus tweeted: “All our thoughts to Schumi and his fam­ily! Hope you will re­cover soon #leg­end #Schumi.”

Sup­port also came from lead­ing Ger­man sports per­son­al­i­ties, rang­ing from the NBA to soc­cer. Dal­las Mav­er­icks power for­ward Dirk Now­itzki said his thoughts were with Schu­macher, while Lukas Podol­ski, who plays for Arse­nal in the English Pre­mier League, tweeted: “Please get well soon, Michael Schu­macher. All the best for you, my friend! #getwell­soon #MichaelSchu­macher.”

Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qual­i­fy­ing pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it.

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