Michael Schumacher's family believes the former F1 world champion will "pull through and wake up" following his skiing accident in December.
Schumacher has been in an induced coma in Grenoble hospital since 29 December after his head hit a rock during a family skiing trip to Meribel. Last month, doctors began the slow porcess of waking him up although there has been much speculation since that the 45-year-old may never fully recover from his injuries.
With the 2014 F1 season about to start in Australia, there has been renewed focus on the seven-time champion and a new statement on his condition has been issued on behalf of his family.
"We are, and remain confident, Michael will pull through and will wake up," the statement from his agent Karen Kehm read.
"There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know this is the time to be very patient.
"Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.
"It was clear from the start this will be a long and hard fight for Michael, and we are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust.
"The length of the process is not the important part for us.
"It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say the family is extremely grateful for it.
"However, it should not be forgotten Michael's family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation.
"And I would like to remind all of us Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives.
"We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe this will help him, and we believe he will also win this fight."
A few days ago, Karen Kehm insisted that Schumacher's condition had not changed after more media speculation.