Brawn: Schumacher showing ‘encouraging signs’ in recovery

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Ex-Formula 1 team boss Ross Brawn says that Michael Schumacher is showing “encouraging signs” in his recovery from a severe head injury, but said that the privacy of the German’s family must be respected.

Schumacher sustained a severe head injury in a skiing accident in December 2013, one year after retiring from racing, that led to an extended spell in hospital in a medically-induced coma.

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm confirmed in September 2014 that the German had returned home to continue his rehabilitation, but updates regarding his condition have been limited since then.

Brawn worked with Schumacher throughout his F1 career at Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes before the seven-time world champion retired from F1 after the 2012 season.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Brawn spoke about Schumacher’s condition and the speculation that has surrounded his former colleague in the past two years.

“The family have chosen to conduct Michael’s convalescence in private and I must respect that,” Brawn said.

“There are encouraging signs and we are all praying every day that we see more of them. So it is difficult for me to say very much and respect the family’s privacy.

“All I would say is there is a lot of speculation about Michael’s condition. Most of it’s wrong and we just pray and hope every day that we continue to see some progress and that one day we can see Michael out and about and recovered from his terrible injuries.”