Michael Schumacher's manager says the retired Formula One star now "shows moments of consciousness and awakening," more than three months after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident.
Manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement that "Michael is making progress on his way." She added that "we keep remaining confident."
Kehm says Schumacher's family does not intend to disclose further details.
The 45-year-old Schumacher fell while skiing in France and hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.
Schumacher's condition stabilized after he was placed in the coma. In late January, doctors began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up.