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Michael Schumacher 'making progress' says agent

Michael Schumacher is "making progress" and "showing moments of consciousness and awakening," his agent has said.

Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. 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.

Hamilton: Schumacher's accident 'happens for a reason'

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has commented on Michael Schumacher's skiing accident, saying that "all things happens for a reason."

Lewis Hamilton has said of Michael Schumacher's skiing accident that 'all things happens for a reason' Credit: PA

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".

Read: Michael Schumacher 'will win this fight,' says family

"He's a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual," he said.

"So I feel like all things happen for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he's had."

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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"

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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Mercedes Petronas F1 team wish Schumacher well

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team has shown their support for Michael Schumacher by displaying the message 'Keep Fighting Michael' on the side of its car.

The seven-time Forumla One world champion remains in a critical but stable condition in France following a skiing accident last December.

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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