Even as the tabloid press was speculating about the long-term effects of the induced coma he finds himself in, Michael Schumacher was being offered words of encouragement by one of his former team-mates.

The German remains sedated in hospital in Grenoble following his skiing accident in December, prompting negative stories about the extent to which he might be expected to recover, but Ferrari chief engineer Luca Baldisseri continues to hope for the best.

"Michael, I'll never forget when, back in 2000, you came and said some encouraging things to me after the problems with the car at Spa," he wrote in the first of a series of messages from friends and fans that the Scuderia plans to make public via a special bulleting board, "Your message was clear - never give up. Now, I'm the one telling you the same thing. We want to see the old Michael again. See you soon."