Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher of Germany arrives with his wife Corinna at the 2006 FIA Awards in Monaco December 8, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (MONACO)

Berlin, Germany - Michael Schumacher’s wife Corrina believes the former Formula One champion is getting better after emerging from his coma and being moved to a Swiss hospital in June.

In her first public comments since Schumacher's horrific ski accident on 29 December 2013, she told Neue Post that the improvement in the health of her famous husband was encouraging.

“It's getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case it's improving,” she told the women's weekly while she was watching a horse-riding tournament.

Michael Schumacher, 45, spent 170 days in hospital in the French city of Grenoble after cracking his skull on a rock while skiing in an Alpine resort. Almost all of that time he was in a coma, and lost a lot of weight.

On 16 June, after finally being coaxed back to consciousness, the seven-times World champion was flown to a hospital in the Swiss city of Lausanne that specialises in care for brain injuries.