Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has returned to his family home to continue treatment on the extensive head injuries he suffered over eight months ago in a skiing accident, his manager Sabine Kehm has confirmed.

Schumacher suffered severe brain damage after hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the French ski resort of Meribel. He was immediately taken to the Grenoble University Hospital where he underwent two operations, before being transferred to the CHUV in Lausanne nearer to his home.

“Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home,” said Kehm. “Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.”

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at the CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work. We ask that the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided.”