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Schumi’s wife says thanks

Hockenheim: Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna has said the family have been “blown away” by the support for the Formula One legend, as she predicted the next phase of his recovery will take a “long time”.

The Schumacher family have been relatively guarded since the seven-time champion's skiing accident in the Alpine resort of Meribel last December.

But, after a public appearance last week, Corinna Schumacher issued her heartfelt thanks to those who have supported the 45-year-old through the family's toughest hour.

In a message to fans in the official programme for this weekend's German Grand Prix, she said: “This is a message to all of you who have lived a passion for Michael’s sport in all the years together with him, and who have supported him in the past half year off the track as well.

The German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity to cordially thank you all for the good wishes and positive energy you keep sending to Michael.

“I have to say your sympathies literally blew up all away! Good to know that together we made through the hardest time!

“Now we are facing a phase which will presumably take a long time. We trust that as for so many years in F1 time will be Michael’s ally in this fight. Until then I would like to wish you and your families all the best as well.”