In a statement, Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm has said she and the seven-time Formula One world champion's family were remaining confident over his progress.
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 keep remaining confident.
We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness.
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has commented on Michael Schumacher's skiing accident, saying that "all things happens for a reason."
Welcoming the news that Schumacher was showing small signs of improvement following his skiing accident in December, seven-time F1 champion Hamilton told the The Daily Telegraph that he feels the "experience will really show his character and depth".
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".
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"
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.
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."