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2014-01-31 07:18

HAPPIER DAYS: Michael Schumacher (left) and Lewis Hamilton chat during a pre-race media conference. Image: AFP

GRENOBLE, France - Michael Schumacher has "blinked" and is "responding to simple instructions" as doctors attempt to bring him out of his induced coma.

Those are the latest unofficial developments to emerge from the Grenoble hospital since the F1 legend's manager confirmed reports that doctors are attempting to ease Schumacher out of his month-long deep sleep.

France's L'Equipe, having broken the news about the awakening process, later reported that the German "blinked" his eyes as a doctor, Emmanuel Gay, went through neurological reflex tests.

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And Britain's Sky News quoted unnamed sources as saying the former Mercedes and Ferrari driver was now "responding to simple instructions".

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm, however, told German news agency DPA "I will not give information about intermediate steps", having confirmed officially that doctors were trying to wake the 45-year-old.

Grenoble neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes, who on Wednesday confirmed the awakening reports before they were officially confirmed, also was not commenting on these latest developments.

He was quoted by German news magazine Focus as saying: "Please note that I will not comment for reasons of medical confidentiality."

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