Lewis Hamilton: 'The progress in Michael Schumacher's health is exciting'

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton says that the next steps for Michael Schumacher are "exciting" after it was confirmed that he is no longer in a coma.

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has expressed his delight over the news that Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma.

It was confirmed by Schumacher's management on Monday that the 45-year-old has left the hospital in Grenoble where he was being treated for serious head injuries.

The seven-time F1 champion had been in a medically-induced coma since he hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps on December 29.

"I always keep him in my thoughts and prayers," The Telegraph quotes Hamilton as saying. "It's a real positive to hear that there's been some progress.

"I've been trying to keep an ear out for what's going on but not really hearing much improvement. To hear that he's really in that wake up phase is really encouraging. It's exciting for the next steps. Hopefully this is the first onto the new ladder."

Schumacher has been taken to an undisclosed location to continue the rehabilitation process.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher after finishing his final F1 race at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix on November 25, 2012
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