Felipe Massa says he hopes that the latest updates on the condition of Michael Schumacher will prove to be the first step on the road to recovery.

A statement from the German's management team on Thursday revealed that doctors were reducing his sedation in order to start bringing the seven-time F1 champion round from his medically induced coma.

Schumacher remains on a serious condition in the hospital in Grenoble where he has been treated for head injuries since his skiing accident last month.

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"I heard a few days ago that they were trying to reduce the medication to help wake him and that is important," Massa said. "I hope that he can be strong enough to recover and I pray for him every day. I feel very sorry over what happened and I hope that he can be back at the place he loves and be back here at the circuit watching the cars in action."

Massa, who recovered from head injuries of his own following his accident in Hungary back in 2009, said he hoped that Schumacher's athletic condition would aid him in his recovery.

"Michael is a very athletic man and that will help him," he said. "My own recovery was helped because I was more athletic and I hope it can be the same for him and that he will slowly recover."