F1 sends messages of support to Schumacher

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 9:32 am •  Published: January 28, 2014

JEREZ, Spain (AP) — Both his former team Mercedes and the current Formula One world champion sent messages of support during Tuesday's preseason testing to German great Michael Schumacher as he continues in coma a month after a skiing accident.

Mercedes included a message for Schumacher on the side of its new Formula One car, while four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel said he was praying for his friend and countryman.

Drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg unveiled Mercedes' silver-and-turquoise W05 before the first session of the preseason began at the Jerez track. The upper part of its chassis just behind the driver's seat carries the Twitter hashtag #KeepFightingMichael.

Rosberg was Schumacher's teammate for three seasons before the seven-time world champion retired from F1 for a second time at the end of 2012.

"We want to show as a team that we are thinking of him and hoping for the best every day," said Rosberg, while Hamilton added that Schumacher's accident was "tragic."

Vettel, who drives for rival Red Bull, says that he "was as shocked as anyone else in the paddock."

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