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Michael Schumacher 'will win this fight,' says family

Michael Schumacher's family say they believe the seven-time world champion will "win this fight" following a skiing accident last year.

A vigil on the racing driver's 45th birthday in January outside the French hospital where he is receiving treatment. Credit: Reuters

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last December, remains in an artificially induced coma.

His agent Sabine Kehm said on behalf of the family: "It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say that the family is extremely grateful for it...

"We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe that this will help him. And we believe that he will also win this fight."

Michael Schumacher showing 'small, encouraging signs'

The spokeswoman for Michael Schumacher has said there sometimes are "small, encouraging signs" from the Formula One champion.

But Sabine Kehm added the family knows it is also time to be "very patient".

Michael Schumacher has been in a coma following a skiing accident in December last year. Credit: PA Wire

In a statement, she said: "We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient.

"Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.

"It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. We are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us"

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Michael Schumacher begins 'waking up process'

Michael Schumacher's family has confirmed that the former Formula One champion has started the waking up process from his coma after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

Michael Schumacher is a seven-time Formula One world champion. Credit: PA

Speaking on behalf of the family, his agent said: "The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secret, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work.

"At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the world wide sympathy.

"Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take long time.

"For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated. Please note that no further updates will be given."

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Two McLaren employees killed in car crash near HQ

Two McLaren employees were killed when the sports car they were travelling in crashed near to the Formula 1 giant's technology centre.

The staff members, who were in a blue Subaru Impreza, were pronounced dead at the scene following a collision with a Ford Transit van on the A320 in Ottershaw, Surrey, at 12.10pm today.

A man in his 60s who was driving the van was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting with serious injuries, Surrey Police said.

McLaren confirmed that the two staff worked for McLaren Automotive which produces road cars and is based at the same site as the McLaren Formula 1 team.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: "Officers are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who may have seen the incident, or the events surrounding it, is urged to contact Surrey Police as a matter of urgency."

Silver Arrows hope to hit target with new F1 car

Mercedes unveil new F1 car Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based F1 team Mercedes has unveiled its newest car at Jerez in Spain this morning.

The team are there for pre-season testing. The team has hailed the F1 W05 car as the first all new Mercedes to compete in Formula One since 1954.

Lewis Hamilton snaps team-mate Nico Rosberg at the launch Credit: PA

More details on the Mercedes website

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F1 boss Ecclestone to face bribery charges in Germany

Ecclestone, 83, is accused of making bribes when he sold part of the motor racing sport Credit: PA

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will stand trial on bribery charges in Munich, according to a statement from a German court.

"Under current planning, the main trial should start in late April," the Munich court said in a statement on Thursday.

Ecclestone, 82, was charged in July with bribing a German banker to smooth the sale of a stake in the motor racing business to private equity firm CVC eight years ago. Ecclestone has denied wrongdoing and said he will fight to clear his name.

Schumacher's helmet camera reveals details of accident

Footage from Michael Schumacher's helmet camera shed light on what caused the accident that left the Formula One champion fighting for his life, French prosecutors said.

Detailed video shows Mr Schumacher was eight meters off-piste when one of his skis hit a rock.

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#Schumacher - investigators won't say if he made a mistake by going off piste where he did.

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#Schumacher investigators: experts will study the helmet cam footage. Speed not v important in this enquiry or its outcome.

The investigators examined footage after the racer's family handed it over. They said he was travelling at the speed of a "very good skier on fairly hard terrain."

Schumacher's skis 'in perfect condition' when he set out

Michael Schumacher did not reduce his speed significantly after going off-piste prior to his accident, French prosecutors said.

ITV News Europe correspondent Emma Murphy reports:

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#Schumacher skis were perfect and nearly new when he set out. Unlikely to be contributing factor of accident.

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#Schumacher still difficult to know what speed he was going. He was trying to reduce speed to go down the off piste slope he was on.

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#Schumacher investigators looking at what happened from a factual and legal basis. The helmet camera evidence will be crucial.

Schumacher 'did not slow down after going off-piste'

Michael Schumacher did not reduce his speed significantly after going off-piste prior to his accident, French prosecutors said.

The investigators said the Formula One champion tried to reduce his speed, before one of his skis hit a rock, causing Mr Schumacher to fall.

The investigator added that Mr Schumacher was following the rules imposed in the French resort.

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last Sunday, remains in an artificially induced coma.

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