Michael Schumacher is still fighting to overcome the devastating injuries that have kept him out of public view for almost seven years, according to his former Ferrari boss who visited him last week.
Jean Todt, who is now FIA president, is among just a handful of visitors to see the Formula One legend following a skiing accident on the French Alps in December 2013.
Schumacher's condition has been kept a closely guarded secret from those outside his Lake Geneva home, with his family keeping public statements to a miniumum.
But on the eve of Ferrari's 1,000th race at the Tuscan Grand Prix this weekend, Todt, who oversaw five of Schumacher's seven titles as team principal for the famous team, has given a rare update.
He told the PA news agency: "I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.
"My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems. But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.
"All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it."
Schumacher is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats in F1, and secured 72 of his record 91 victories for Ferrari.
But Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of equalling the German great, and the Briton will move to within one win of his all-time tally if he wins in Mugello on Sunday.
Todt added: "Lewis will beat all of Michael's records simply because he is a very talented driver.
"He is motivated and driving for the best team. He has the best car, the best engine so all the ingredients are there.
"It is positive logic that when you do so well in life you get the benefit of it, and that is what is happening with Lewis and Mercedes. We thought the records would be very difficult to beat, but a long stability of the regulations has helped them.
"One driver I know very well, and the other I know superficially. Clearly both are completely different, but they have a common passion, professionalism, physical condition, talent and that is what makes both of them outstanding."
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