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Schumacher's wife seeks privacy for racing hero's family and doctors after ski crash

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A TV van is parked in front of the Grenoble hospital, French Alps, Sunday, Jan. 5 , 2014, where former seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is being treated after sustaining a head injury during a ski accident. Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, when he struck his head on a rock while on a family vacation. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)The Associated Press

Michael Schumacher's wife says the racing legend's family wants to be left in peace as doctors treat him after a brutal ski crash.

Corinne Schumacher spoke out Tuesday for the first time since her husband's Dec. 29 accident in the French Alps. In a statement, she said: "It's very important to me that you ease the burden on the doctors and the hospital so that they can do their work in peace."

She asked the international media who have gathered at the hospital in Grenoble to leave. "Please also leave our family alone."

The 45-year-old Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since last week, after he hit his head on a rock.

Schumacher, who retired from Formula One in 2012, is the most successful F1 driver in history.