Lewis Hamilton expressed his happiness, following the reports emerged that Michael Schumacher has move from lengthy coma, to be taken to a Swiss hospital.
Schumacher, 45, suffered severe head trauma in a skiing accident at the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29.
“It’s amazing news,” Hamilton, who replaced Schumacher at Mercedes, the source telegraph reported.
“Everywhere I go people ask about him, whether it’s in the United States or Canada. I could be in the petrol station and people ask about him.
“I always keep him in my thoughts and prayers. 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.”
Fernando Alonso, said: “Good start of the week with the news of Michael! So happy this is going in the good direction!”
Force India wrote on Twitter: “Great to hear positive news about Michael Schumacher no longer being in a coma. Keep fighting Champion!”
Sauber F1 driver Esteban Guttierez, said: “Great to hear good news about Michael. Wish him all the best for his recovery.”
CNN also reported the official report, “Michael has left … to continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” according to his manager Sabine Kehm.
“The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes,” Kehm said.
“We are sure it helped him. For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.”