TAKING IT BACK: Following comments made on the condition of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn clarified what he meant on Schumacher's status. Image: AFP / Josep Lago
Cape Town - Ross Brawn has hit reverse gear after commenting on the mysterious health condition of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.
As one of the few people still let into the embattled former Ferrari and Mercedes driver's inner circle, the media recently seized on his quote that Schumacher has shown "encouraging signs" amid his recovery from brain injuries.
'Not what I meant'
Now asked by the Guardian if he still visits the great German, Brawn answered: "We do. We go see him and hope and pray that one day he will make a recovery.
"I was quoted as saying he's improving and it was not what I really meant. The family are conducting his convalescence in private and I need to respect that.
"So I don't want to comment on his condition beyond saying we're extremely hopeful we'll see Michael as we knew him at some point in the future," Brawn added.
Earlier in August, Wheels24 reported that the former F1 driver is responding to treatment, that's according to former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.
The seven-time F1 champion Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.
Reports of Schumacher's health have been few and far between as his family has decided to keep his condition private.
This has led to many varying reports, some claiming positive news while others reporting that his condition is dire.
However, according to di Montezemolo, Schumacher's health was improving.
The Italian was quoted as saying to the Ecumenical News a couple of months ago: "I'm very pleased to know that he is reacting.
"I know how strong he is. I'm sure that thanks to his determination, which will be crucial, he will come out from this very, very difficult situation."