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Michael Schumacher Showing 'Encouraging' Signs (PHOTOS)

03/04/2014 16:52 BST | Updated 04/04/2014 08:59 BST

Michael Schumacher is showing signs of improvement three months after he was placed in a coma following a skiing accident.

The news came from the former Formula One world champion's agent, Sabine Kehm; talking to German newspaper, Bild, she said: "I can only say again - there are signs that give us encouragement."

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A message of support for Michael Schumacher at the Sakhir Circuit for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix

Kehm was essentially reiterating a statement made last month on behalf of his family who were hopeful he would "pull through".

"We are, and remain confident, Michael will pull through and will wake up," the statement from Kehm read.

"There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know this is the time to be very patient."

The latest news comes a week after a former F1 doctor, Gary Hartstein, said that doctors demonstrated "serious lapses in judgement" in the care of the seven-times F1 world champion.

Writing on his personal blog, Dr Hartstein, who was a key medical figure in the sport between 2005 and 2012, warned fans that they should prepare for the worst when it came to Schumacher's potential recovery.

"As time goes on it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent," Dr Hartstein wrote.