Michael Schumacher may still be struggling but he can sense people around him, a German archbishop has claimed.
Georg Ganswein has spoken about his emotional visit to the seven-time F1 World Champion last summer, in which he spent time with the driving legend at his bedside.
The 49-year-old racing driver has been kept away from the public eye since his skiing accident in 2013, with his management team and wife looking to respect his privacy.
But Schumacher has had several high-profile visitors to his home, including a holy man from his native Germany.
Speaking with Bild, the Prefect of the Pontifical Housing in the Vatican said: "He feels that loving people are around him, caring for him and thank God, keeping the overly curious public away."
Schumacher suffered a critical injury when he fell while skiing with his son, then 14, in the French Alps and is believed to be receiving around-the-clock care at his luxury home in Switzerland.
The Formula One driver suffered an injury to his brain, which left him in a medically induced coma.
But the determined driver, who achieved incredible success throughout his career, is continuing to fight.
"I sat opposite him, took hold of both hands and looked at him," the Archbishop added.
"His face is, as we all know, the typical Michael Schumacher face he has become only a little fuller.
"Of course I include Michael Schumacher and his family in my prayers."
Fans will welcome the news about the much-loved driver, as updates on his condition are rarely released to the public.
His manager, Sabine Kehm, has revealed that it's how he would have wanted it, she said: "In general, media has never reported on Michael and Corinna's private life.
"Once in a long discussion, Michael told me" You do not need to call me for the next year, I'm disappearing ", I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that some day.
"That's why I still want to protect his wishes in that I do not let anything get out."
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