Michael Schumacher remains in a stable but critical condition on a sixth day of induced coma as he continues his treatment for serious head injuries following a skiing accident.
Schumacher filmed the skiing accident which left him in a critical condition in hospital using a helmet camera which investigators hope may provide clues as to the cause of the crash, it is believed.
Schumacher's family have given investigators the mini Go-Pro camera which was attached to his ski helmet and may contain crucial footage of the moment he lost control and hit his head on a rock.
Investigators also interviewed Schumacher's son Mick, 14, son, who was with his father at the time of the accident on the slopes of the French resort of Meribel last Sunday.
His family had initially believed that the camera had also been broken, but a subsequent investigation revealed some of the footage was intact.The German F1 legend's wife Corinna was pictured arriving at the hospital in Grenoble - after revealing the family have been 'utterly overwhelmed' and 'moved to tears' by the 45th birthday vigil held by scores of fans and well-wishers outside the French hospital on Friday.
Some 200 people from Ferrari fan clubs based around Europe made the trip to the hospital, where a tribute was held in support of the seven-time Formula One world champion.
The scores of well-wishers also held a one-minute silence on Friday afternoon.
Schumacher's family, who on Thursday said Michael 'is a fighter and will not give up' his fight for life, expressed their sincere appreciation following Friday's tributes, which were largely co-ordinated by Ferrari, with whom the German driver won five of his seven world titles.
'The incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari Fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhemed us and moved us all to tears,' Schumacher's family said in a statement on his official website. 'We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.'
Schumacher's family - wife Corinna and their two children, father Rolf and brother Ralf - have maintained a presence at his bedside since the weekend. Schumacher enjoys a special place in the hearts of all Ferrari fans, having won the world drivers' title for five successive years between 2000 and 2004 while driving for the Scuderia. Seventy-two of his record 91 grand prix wins also came at the wheel of Ferrari cars. Schumacher suffered major brain trauma in the accident which occurred when skiing off-piste in Meribel.It is believed that his life was saved by his skiing helmet, which split on impact. Schumacher was initially conscious before deteriorating into a critical condition. Rescuers were on hand within minutes of the accident and he was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital, where neurosurgeons have operated twice to remove blood clots on the brain and reduce swelling. Doctors have said the impact caused numerous brain injuries including intracranial hematomas (multiple blood clots), bilateral lesions and bruising of the brain. An initial operation carried out on Sunday to reduce swelling was followed by a second to remove the largest of a number of clots in his brain. Jacqueline Hubert, the Grenoble Hospital's director general, said on Tuesday that his condition had started to improve.