FILE - December 29, 2013: Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, 44, suffered a head injury in a skiing accident this morning in Meribel in the French Alps, according to local media. HAMBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 08: Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher looks on during the day of the legends event at the Millentor stadium on September 8, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Paris, France - There are small signs of encouragement in Michael Schumacher's condition but the most successful champion in Formula One history still faces a long fight to recover after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

His agent and spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, said on Wednesday: “We remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up.

“There are sometimes small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient.”

Schumacher, 45, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29.


The seven-times world champion has been in a stable but critical condition since then in a hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble where doctors started lowering his sedation at the end of January to wake him up from an artificial coma.

“It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight,” Kehm said.

“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.”