17:00 16 June 2014
Michael Schumacher has come out of his medically induced coma and has returned home to start recovering with his family.
The racing driver was severely injured following a skiing accident in the French Alps on December 29th. Initial reports suggested that Schumacher would struggle to come out of his coma and if he did he would likely spend his life in a vegetative state if he were not to die, but the recent news appears to be a lot more optimistic.
Of the thousands of good will messages sent to the driver, the racing legend's family claimed: "We are sure it helped him [get out of his coma]"
Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, released a statement on behalf of his family on Monday: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.
"For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye,"
Racing teams have also expressed their joy over the star's recovery.]
Ferrari's Renato Bisignani told the BBC: "My reaction is one of overwhelming joy. There is not one day when we haven't thought of Michael, followed his progress and remembered him."
Meanwhile, the Mercedes team, posted on Twitter: "Encouraging news on Michael's condition this morning. We couldn't ask for a better start to the week."