Michael Schumacher is starting to “show signs of consciousness and awakening”, according to a statement from his manager, Sabine Kehm.
The 45-year-old seven-times world F1 champion has been in a coma since a skiing accident on December 29th 2013 in Meribel, France. Doctors have been trying to wake him for the past few weeks and there were discouraging rumours last week that the attempts were having little success.
However, rumours is all they appear to be. Kehm has insisted all along that fans and members of the public should not believe any stories which do not emanate from her office.
“Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we remain confident,” Kehm said in this morning’s statement.
Schumacher has been breathing without the aid of machines for several weeks and this latest bulletin would not have been issued if the family did not believe that there was something behind it. They would not want to create false hope.
Organisers of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix have named the first corner after Schumacher and the message “Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Michael” is emblazoned on the armco barriers.
“When we started out in 2004, if I could choose one name that everyone started picking up, it was Michael Schumacher, ” Bahrain circuit CEO Shaikh Salman told JA on F1, “If you go in to town and say his name then everyone knows him. He also had an input on the first corner when we were designing it, where he had an impact of making it tighter and more challenging because that’s where everything happens.
“There is a lot that he added and in our history he has been the number one driver, so for us that was the reason to do it – he has helped build the culture of Formula One in this region.”