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Formula one fans were shocked to learn that former F1 driver Michael Schumacher was in a critical condition after he hit his head during a ski accident in the French Alps on December 29. The F1 icon has awoken from a 6 month coma on Monday, June 16. According to Shumi’s manager, Sabine Kehm, he left the hospital in Grenoble, France to continue treatment in another facility.

Michael Schumacher  is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time

Michael Schumacher is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time

In her statement she says:

Michael’s 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. 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,”

According to CNN, Schumacher “will continue his recovery at the University hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. Officials there confirmed that Schumacher was admitted, but gave no further details about his treatment.”

The former F1 driver was in a come when he arrived at the hospital after the accident. He required two operations to remove haematomas and relieve pressure on his brain that was caused by swelling. Schumacher was reportedly aware that he was skiing beyond the marked-out zone, but French investigators have ruled out any criminal wrongdoing in the debilitating ski accident.