It’s almost four years since the tragic skiing accident which almost cost Formula One legend Michael Schumacher his life.
December 29 2013 will forever be remembered as one of the darkest day in F1 history.
Very little official information about the true extent of Schumacher’s injuries has been released since the incident, leaving fans to speculate whether or not they’ll ever see the German icon in public again.
"Michael's health is not a public issue,” Schumacher’s agent Sabine Kehm was quoted as saying by the Telegraph last year, “and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard.
"We have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere."
Schumacher to visit America for treatment?
What we do know for sure is that Schumacher suffered substantial brain damage, underwent two life-saving operations and spent around six months in a coma after hitting his head on a rock while on holiday with friends and family in the French Alps.
Recent reports have suggested that Schumacher is “weak” and that his wife has decided to take him to America to “try new care”.
The hope is that a specialise brain doctor nearby a ranch that Schumacher owns in Dallas, Texas, may be able to help improve his condition.
“We have extensive experience with trauma patients,” Dr Meeks said last month. “There is probably no clinic in Europe that handles as many cases as we do.”
However, a couple of weeks later and F1 fans are feeling more optimistic following a new comment from the aforementioned Kehm.
One word from Kehm has left F1 fans hopeful
Discussing plans for the Michael Schumacher Museum over the weekend, Kehm was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "During all his active years Michael kept most of his cars and many overalls and helmets.
"At the back of our minds we had always planned to make them available to the public."
And it’s Kehm’s interesting use of the word ‘we’ that has left F1 fans wondering if Schumacher was well enough to have some say in the decision making around the museum.
If he was then this would obviously be fantastic news - an encouraging sign that he could be on the mend.
No official update yet
But we shouldn’t jump to conclusions just yet.
As the Mail point out, it’s understood that Schumacher remains immobile and cannot speak following his accident.
The 48-year-old currently has a 15-strong team of medics looking after him at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.
However, F1 fans can be forgiven for searching for any flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.