Formula One

               === Schumacher showing signs of consciousness ===
 Grenoble,  France  ( - Michael Schumacher is having "moments
 of  consciousness  and awakening," according  to the latest update released by
 his management on Friday.
 Schumacher,  a seven-time  Formula One  world champion,  suffered a  traumatic
 brain  injury during a  skiing accident on Dec. 29 in the French Alps. The 45-
 year-old  German  was placed  in  a  medically-induced coma  after  undergoing
 surgery  to  remove blood clots from  his brain. In late January, Schumacher's
 medical team at the Grenoble University Hospital began reducing his sedation.
 "Michael  is  making progress on  his way," Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm,
 said  in a statement. "He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are
 on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the
 hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident."
 "We  would  like to thank  you all for the  continuous sympathies. At the same
 time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details.
 This  is  necessary to protect  the privacy of Michael  and his family, and to
 enable the medical team to work in full calmness."
 Formula  One  is in Sakhir,  Bahrain this weekend  for the Bahrain Grand Prix,
 which is a nighttime race for the first time.
 Earlier this year, the first corner at Bahrain International Circuit was named
 in  honor  of Schumacher, who  won a record 91  grand prix, including the 2004
 inaugural   Bahrain   GP.  Schumacher   advised  the  race  organizers  during
 construction phase of that circuit.
 04/04 10:03:40 ET

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