One of Michael Schumacher's closest friends believes there is still hope that the Formula One racing legend will recover from the traumatic brain injury suffered in a ski accident in 2013.
Ross Brawn is widely regarded as the mastermind behind Schumacher's F1 dominance and developed a close relationship with the German that progressed from boss to friend.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Brawn offered some hope to fans, insisting Schumacher's family believes progress could be made soon.
"We're all optimistic about finding solutions in the future," Brawn said, just days after Schumacher's 50th birthday.
"There'll be a time when things will move forward with Michael - they're a terrific family, very well balanced, they're following their own pursuits as well as supporting Michael.
"We've seen Mick, his son, establishing himself in motor racing and [daughter] Gina Maria is quite involved in a form of equestrian.
"Corinna, Michael's wife, that's helped her through such a tough time. They have never relented with their support for Michael and their belief there will be solutions ahead."
Schumacher's wife issued a rare public statement about her husband's health on the eve of his birthday.
"We are doing everything humanly possible," she said. "We are very happy to celebrate Michael's 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together."