Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left the Grenoble Hospital where he was being treated.
The German was transferred to a hospital in the Swiss city of Lausanne, where he will continue his rehabilitation.
Schumacher struck his head on a rock while skiing with friends and his son in December last year at the French ski resort of Meribel, forcing doctors to place him into a coma to reduce swelling and to let his brain rest.
There had been no official news about his recovery in several months, however a statement released by his family and management overnight confirmed that he was no longer in a coma and had left the Grenoble Hospital.
"Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,” the statement said.
"His 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 to Michael. 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."
With 91 Grand Prix victories, 68 pole positions and a staggering seven drivers’ titles, Schumacher remains the most successful driver in Formula One history. He retired for the second time at the end of the 2012 season.