Michael Schumacher's manager hopes that the seven-time Formula One world champion 'will be here again one day'.
It is more than two years since Schumacher, 47, sustained horrific brain injuries in a freak accident while skiing in the French Alps, and updates on his condition have been infrequent.
But Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has provided a rare insight on the health of the stricken grand prix star.
Speaking at the opening of an exhibition of Schumacher's career in Marburg, Germany, Kehm said: "Of course Michael is missing on days like today. Of course it is a great shame that he cannot be here, and no one should regret it more than him.
"Unfortunately, however, we cannot change what has happened. We have to accept it - and patiently hope, supporting him with everything that we have, that he will be here again one day."
The largely positive update will provide hope to Schumacher's fans across the world that he may yet recover from the injuries he sustained in his skiing accident back in December 2013.
Only earlier this month his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said news regarding Schumacher's condition "isn't good".
The German driver is widely regarded as one of the greatest of the sport, recording 91 race wins between 1991-2006, and claimed five successive titles at the beginning of the millennium to become the most decorated driver in Formula One history before calling time on his career.
He returned to the grid with Mercedes in 2009 but endured a largely disappointing three-season spell with a best finish of third at the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia, before suffering the accident while on a family holiday shortly after Christmas a year later.
Schumacher continues to receive treatment at his family home in Lausanne, Switzerland.