Cape Town - Former Ferrari Formula 1 team boss, Luca di Montezemolo, has not given up hope that the sport's most successful driver, Michael Schumacher, will recover from head injuries suffered during in a freak skiing accident in 2013.
Wheels24 reported earlier in May that international publications are repeating alarming news about the health of Schumacher.
Di Montezemolo, speaking on CNN's motorsport programme, The Circuit, said: "I know how strong he is."
Schumacher recovering at family home
Montezemolo was in charge of Ferrari for five of Schumacher's titles from 2000 and 2004.
Montezemolo, commenting on Schumacher's condition, told CNN: "I'm sure that thanks to his determination - which will be crucial - he will come out from this very, very difficult situation ... And I really hope."
Watch di Montezemolo's full interview here
In February 2016, di Montezemolo said that he did not have "good news" regarding Schumacher's health.
He said at the time: "I get news about him constantly, and unfortunately it's not good."
Schumacher's family have remained protective of the driver's health condition. He is currently at his home in Switzerland receiving treatment.