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Schumacher accident 'just another challenge' - Hakkinen

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Double world champion Mika Hakkinen has told Michael Schumacher his ski accident "is now just another challenge" he must overcome.

Schumacher and Hakkinen were rivals on track as Hakkinen took his two world titles in 1998 and 1999 before Schumacher's period of dominance with Ferrari. With Schumacher now having been in a coma for eight days since hitting his head on a rock while skiing, Hakkinen has sent a message of support to his former opponent.

"Your accident is now just another challenge," Hakkinen wrote in an email to Schumacher and his family which was published by Bild am Sonntag. "You have to fight hard again, just like we both used to do on the track."

Hakkinen himself was in a coma following an accident in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix in 1995, and said he survived "with the help of my family and the professional support of the doctors. I am sure you are getting the same kind of help."

Hakkinen also told Schumacher to be patient as he attempts to recover.

"Do me a favour: just this once don't try to beat the clock. You don't have to post your best time in this race. You have to take all the time you need. Take it easy, Mika".

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