Michael Schumacher has left the Grenoble hospital where he has spent the past six months.
The seven-time Formula One world champion, who was critically injured in a skiing accident, is no longer in a coma and will now begin rehab at an undisclosed location. In a statement, his manager Sabine Kehm said:
“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.
“His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.
“The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him.
“For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.”
Schumacher suffered the accident on December 29 while skiing with his family.
This weekend Formula One returns to Austria following an 11-year absence. Schumacher was the most recent man to win the race, triumphing in 2003 for Ferrari.