Michael Schumacher was placed in a medically-induced coma after his skiing accident on December 29, 2013, but is now beginning to show encouraging signs. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Schumacher was placed in a medically-induced coma after his skiing accident in December, but is now beginning to show encouraging signs. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Last week, ’s manager, Sabine Kehm, informed the media that the seven-time World Champion was showing “moments of consciousness and awakening.”

Now, three months after his skiing accident in the Alps, media reports are coming through that Schumacher is responding to voices and making eye contact with others at the French Grenble University Hospital.

Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Schumacher is making encouraging eye movements and Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper says he is responding to voices.

Former Formula 1 driver and close friend of the family, Jean Alesi, has visited Schumacher many times since the 45-year old German’s accident and says that the news is much more encouraging.

“First, Michael responded only to pain, when he was pinched for example,” said Alesi in a report by Speed Week. “But that can also be an unconscious reaction of the body.

“During my last visit I realized that something was beginning to change for the better. I felt with the family some relief, a great joy about how things were developing. It is fabulous, even though the path back to life is still long.”

Former Ferrari teammate and close friend of Schumacher, Felipe Massa, seemed to confirm at Bahrain that Schumacher is responding to voices.

“I cannot really put into words how excited I am about it … I prayed every day for Michael and they were answered. Now I hope to continue to hear good news from Grenoble.”

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