GRENOBLE, France -- 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.

Corinna 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."

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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 skiing at the Meribel resort.

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

Fans hoisted banners near the Grenoble hospital reading: "Schumi, All our thoughts for you and your family."

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Investigators are looking into the accident, and the local prosecutor has planned a news conference Wednesday morning.