Michael Schumacher won seven world champion titles
FORMULA One ace Michael Schumacher is "making progress" as he continues to recover from a near-fatal skiing crash in the French Alps, his manager has said.
Speaking last night, his manager Sabine Kehm said the F1 star was “making progress” but added that people “must always keep the seriousness of his injuries in mind”.
The German driver suffered severe head injuries after an accident in Meribel in December 2013.
Schumacher spent several months fighting for his life in a coma following the crash, but last June was transferred from a hospital in the French town of Grenoble to a Swiss hospital after regaining consciousness.
Schumacher was injured during a skiing accident in the French Alps
He returned home to Gland on Lake Geneva in September 2014 for further rehabilitation.
His family have imposed a near-total news blackout on the care he is receiving at his Swiss mansion.
Yet in February he was understood to be mute with "limited awareness" of his environment and is also still unable to walk.
Schumacher was crowned the wealthiest driver ever to have raced in F1, with a fortune in excess of £520million.
But the seven-time world champion’s family is facing spiralling care costs with the current spending on his rehabilitation estimated at over £10million.
His family is said to be spending around £100,000-a-week looking after him.
Schumacher is now recovering at his Swiss home on Lake Geneva
His £2million holiday home in Norway was sold earlier this year, and his wife Corinna is also believed to have sold his private jet for £25million.
After reports in February that his recovery had been “painfully slow”, today’s announcement means the star’s latest prognosis is more positive.
Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son in an off-piste area between two marked runs when he crashed into a concealed rock.
Last December – a year after the accident - Schumacher’s manager warned that the racing legend faced a “long fight” to recover fully.
Schumacher won a record 91 F1 races but retired from the sport in 2012 after an attempted comeback ended in disappointment.
He won his first Grand Prix in Belgium in 1992 and his last in China in 2006.