Michael Schumacher is showing 'moments of consciousness' his manager revealed on Friday, amid signs of an improvement in his condition.
The seven-time world champion remains in hospital in Grenoble as he recovers from the serious head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident last year.
Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma for the past three months and doctors are continuing to work on the long process of waking him up.
In a statement issued on Friday, Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm revealed that there were now encouraging signs about his condition.
"Michael is making progress on his way," said Kehm. "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."