Michael Schumacher

It is perhaps now the most crucial time in Michael Schumacher's recovery. The seven-time Formula One World Champion, who was injured in a skiing accident at the end of December and has been kept in a medically induced coma, is reportedly going to have his sedation reduced in an attempt to begin "the waking up process."

We last reported on Schumacher's condition when doctors who weren't associated with the German's medical teams at Grenoble University Hospital speculated that the driver could remain in a persistent vegetative state even after sedation had been withdrawn. Patients that are in induced comas beyond eight days have been known to suffer memory loss, or in worst-case scenarios, to never wake up. Schumi has been in a coma for over a month, meaning there could be severe neurological deficits if he manages to come out of it.

"Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time," a statement from Schumacher's management team read. "For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated."

It's unclear when more information on Schumacher's condition will be released. As always, as soon as more information becomes available, we'll be sure to let you know.