Michael Schumacher is “still fighting”, that’s according to Jean Todt who earlier this week inducted the seven-time World Champion into the Hall of Fame.
Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he crashed while ski-ing in the French Alps in 2013.
The German’s family have kept his condition a tightly-guarded secret as he continues his recovery in Switzerland.
On Monday, Schumacher was inducted into the Hall of Fame with Sabine Kehm on hand to receive the honour as his wife Corinna was unable to attend.
FIA president Todt, Schumacher’s former Ferrari team boss, spoke at the ceremony.
“We miss Michael,” said Todt. “He’s there, still fighting.
“I’m happy to have Sabine here, to run the family business. I wanted Mick to come tonight but he’s doing some testing in Spain and Corinna is in the States.
“A fight is going on. Michael is someone very special, someone special for motorsport.
“He’s special to me, he’s a friend.”
Kehm 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.”