Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher remains in a Swiss clinic, still in critical condition from a ski injury that left him in a coma for six months. But his family has released updated information on his condition, as well as the letters sent to him by his fellow drivers.
Schumacher has sustained blood clots on the brain, and was placed in an induced coma. But he has reportedly been able to respond to voices and communicate via blinking, according to his family. The improvements raise hope that Schumacher might continue to improve. Currently he remains bedridden.
In the wake of his accident, several drivers reached out via handwritten note, and Schumacher's wife Corinna has released those notes, along with a letter of her own thanking fans for being so supportive of their family.
"Dear Michael," Lewis Hamilton wrote. "You are always in my prayers. Prayers of hope that you pull through this difficult time. You have already achieved so much, given so much. May God watch over you and show you the way back to your family, fans and friends."
Jenson Button took a longer view. "When I think of Michael Schumacher I think of two things," he wrote.
"The first is of one my earliest memories of being in Formula One driving out of the pitlane in Melbourne and seeing Michael’s red Ferrari ahead of me scattering the leaves as he drove beneath the trees at the approach to turn three. Even in 2000 he was already a legend. The second thing I think about it is that familiar red car snaking about in my mirrors. Michael was such a formidable racer relentlessly competitive - Always There. He’s fighting his greatest battle right now and I know everyone at Formula One will hope that he will win again. I certainly hope he will."
The family is hoping to be able to move Schumacher from the clinic in Switzerland to his home, which has been retrofitted to serve his medical needs.