Former Ferrari F1 boss Jean Todt has revealed that Michael Schumacher is 'still fighting' after a ski accident in the French Alps left him unable to walk or speak.
Mr Todt, who now works as the World Automobile Federation (FIA) president, gave an emotional speech about the seven-time F1 champion as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday.
According to the Express, Mr Todt said during the event: 'We miss Michael. He's there, still fighting. A fight is going on. Michael is someone very special, someone special for motorsport. He's special to me, he's a friend.'
Sabine Kehm, his manager, added: 'We all know that Michael should be here, and I'm sure he would have loved to. He always had the utmost respect for everyone in this round, he would be very honoured.
'What made Michael so special, what made him so successful, that was the love of the sport. And that connects him with everyone here. '
Schumacher suffered a head injury after falling and hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps in December 2013.
Doctors said at the time that the driver would have died if he wasn't wearing a helmet.
After the accident, the father-of-two was put into a medically induced coma for six months.
Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.
Medics described his condition as 'extremely serious' after his admission to Grenoble Hospital, where he underwent two life-saving operations.
Three months later a statement was released confirming that the F1 champion was no longer in a coma and had left Grenoble Hospital.
Fellow German racing driver Sebastian Vettel opened up about how he dealt with traumatic news of his friend's accident.
Speaking to German tabloid Blick, he said: 'What, that's how long ago it happened? That is an extremely long time ago. You can see how time flies.
'Above all we in Formula One are coached on a daily basis to look ahead. The next race, the next race. That's how the years go by.
'Of course, Michael is still missed by Formula One. And especially we at Ferrari would be happy if he could stand by our side with advice in the race for the world title.
'If anyone knows how to move forward, then it is him.'