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Motor racing: Massa still keeping the faith for Schumacher

Published on Mar 13, 2014 4:16 PM
 
Former Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa points to his helmet painted with the nickname "Schumi" as a tribute to Michael Schumacher, before competing in a karting race International Challenge of the Stars in Penha on Jan 11, 2014. Massa remains hopeful that his friend and former Ferrari teammate Schumacher can pull out of an induced coma and return to health. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Felipe Massa remains hopeful that his friend and former Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher can pull out of an induced coma and return to health.

The retired seven-time Formula One champion suffered severe head injuries when he slammed into a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel in December, and has been in a stable but critical condition in a hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble since.

Schumacher's agent raised hope this week that the 45-year-old German might revive when she wrote of "small, encouraging signs" in his condition since doctors started lowering his sedation in January to wake him up from the induced coma.

"I keep praying and believe that things can be okay for him and he's coming back," Massa told reporters at Albert Park on Thursday ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

 
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