Michael Shumacher could expect to lead a "relatively normal life" in the future, says a friend and former Ferrari boss.
Jean Todt made the comments after visiting the star at his Swiss mansion where he is being cared for in a £10 million purpose-built medical suite.
The Formula One star suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in France last December, which left him in a medically-induced coma.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Todt said: "We must assume that Schumacher can lead a relatively normal life again within a short period of time.
"We can say he can probably never drive a Formula 1 car again. But he is fighting.
"His condition improved, and what is just as important is the fact that he is now at home with his family."
According to the Mirror, Todt, who is now the president of the International Automobile Federation, added: "In the past weeks and months, he has made progress in relation to the severity of his injury.
"But a long and hard road is in front of him. Hopefully things will improve. His family is close to him. He needs time and peace."
Michael Schumacher was placed in a medically induced coma on 29 December 2013 following an accident where he hit his head on a rock while skiing at the French resort of Meribel.
In early September, his manager Sabine Kehm confirmed he would continue his recovery at home.
The Daily Telegraph reports that in a statement, Kehm said: "Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead."
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