Brawn: 'Encouraging signs' for Schumacher
3 November 2016 – Former Ferrari and Mercedes chief Ross Brawn says that there are "encouraging signs" for Michael Schumacher as the seven-times World Champion continues his recovery from serious head injuries.
Brawn worked with Schumacher at Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes, remaining a close ally throughout the German's time in Formula 1, in which he won 91 Grands Prix and seven world titles.
Schumacher sustained serious head injuries when he suffered a skiing accident in December 2013 and no official update has been provided since he was released from Lausanne hospital in September 2014.
Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, denied rumours earlier this year that he could walk, saying: "Unfortunately we are forced by a press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true."
During an interview with BBC Sport, Brawn commented: "The family have chosen to conduct Michael's convalescence in private and I must respect that.
"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."