The motor racing world, and in particular Formula One, is known as a cut-throat business.
However tragedy is never far away in such a dangerous sport with legends such as Ayrton Senna and Dan Wheldon succumbing to racing accidents.
And when that happens the whole industry comes together - and Michael Schumacher's tragic skiing accident has once again galvanised the racing community.
Schumacher, seven-time World Champion, is still in a medically-induced coma, fighting for his life after hitting his head on a rock while skiing off-piste.
Former colleagues, bosses and those in other racing sports have been quick to take to Twitter to share their thoughts on the legend.
Here are just a few of those:
— Jordan Irvine (@IrvineF1) December 30, 2013
Wishing a full and speedy recovery for Michael Schumacher. Motor racing already had too many losses in 2013. #GetWellSoonMichael
— Bruno Senna (@BSenna) December 30, 2013
Sadly & hopefully I follow news on Michael Schumacher. Lets pray for him & also for the strength & expertise of doctors guiding his recovery
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) December 30, 2013
Hoping that Michael Schumacher gets better. Thats a freak accident that u hope nobody goes thru. we are all thinking about him.
— Juan Pablo Montoya (@jpmontoya) December 30, 2013
Very shocked to hear about Michael Schumacher our thoughts are with Michael, his wife Corinna and their two children at this terrible time.
— Nigel Mansell CBE (@Mansell_Nigel) December 30, 2013
You live everyday on the edge, then you go for a fun family day and you find the hardest race of your life.. Never give up! #Schumacher
— Marco Melandri (@MarcoMelandri33) December 30, 2013
Our thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family. We wish them strength in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/r756m5s9KF
— Sauber F1 Team (@OfficialSF1Team) December 30, 2013
Shocking news on the 7 time F1 Champion Michael Schumacher. The strength you showed on track will get you through this mate.
— Johnny herbert (@johnnyherbertf1) December 30, 2013
Terrible to hear about M Schumacher's skiing injury. If anyone can pull through this its you.
— Narain Karthikeyan (@narainracing) December 30, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Schumacher to pull through his injury from skiing.
— Michael Andretti (@michaelandretti) December 30, 2013
My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time.. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) December 29, 2013
My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family. If anyone can pull through this though it's him.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) December 29, 2013
All my thoughts are with Michael Schumacher tonight. I'll pray for one last win from you, my friend! #TrueLegend
— Petter Solberg RX (@Petter_Solberg) December 29, 2013
Everyone here wishing Michael Schumacher a speedy recovery, I am sure the Motorsport World will sleep uneasy tonight. #getwell
— Sébastien Loeb (@Loeb_Seb1) December 29, 2013
Terrible news...i wish all the best to Michael. #Schumacher
— Giancarlo Fisichella (@OfficialFisico) December 29, 2013
All our thoughts are with Michael Schumacher and his family at this moment. Come on Champion!
— Sahara Force India (@clubforce) December 29, 2013
I hope Michael Schumacher will get well soon! All my best to him and his family #gutebesserung
— Adrian Sutil (@SutilAdrian) December 29, 2013
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