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2014-02-24 07:36

STILL FIGHTING: Williams driver Felipe Massa says seven-times F1 champion Michael Schumacher (above) had shown slight responses while the former Ferrari driver visited his former team mate in hospital. Image: AP

BERLIN, Germany - Michael Schumacher's former Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa visited the unconscious ex-Formula 1 driver and said that he "showed several responses".

Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries when he fell while skiing, is slowly being brought out of his coma.


Massa told German daily newspaper Bild: "He is sleeping, he looks normal and he showed a few responses with his mouth. I was very happy to be able to spend some time with him.

"I spoke to him a lot, about how the team was doing, about the new car. I tried to give him the best possible energy. He is a very strong person and I really hope he will again be able to enjoy life."

Massa, who raced with Schumacher as a member of Ferrari team in 2006 and currently drives for Williams-Mercedes, did not say when he made the visit.

Schumacher has been lying in a coma in a French hospital since the December 29 accident when he fell and his head hit a rock so hard that the impact cracked his helmet. He had been skiing with his son and a group of friends.

After surgery to reduce bleeding and bruising he was placed in a medically induced coma and his body temperature was lowered to reduce the risk of further damage.

Schumacher's family announced on January 30 that the drugs used to keep him in a coma were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness.

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