The "most difficult time" in Michael Schumacher's recovery struggle is now over.
That is the positive message delivered by the F1 legend's wife Corinna, in a brief letter of thanks in the official 2014 German grand prix programme.
The message, in German, said the Schumacher family had been overwhelmed by the support shown by the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver's supporters since his skiing accident and six months coma.
"The German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity to cordially thank you all for the good wishes and positive energies you keep sending to Michael," Mrs Schumacher wrote, her 45-year-old husband now in a Swiss rehabilitation clinic.
"I have to say your sympathies blew us all away. It's good to know that we have all come through the most difficult time together."
"Now a period that is expected to take a long time has begun. We trust that in this struggle you will be Michael's allies once again, as you were for so many years in formula one," she said.
Schumacher family stops publication of hospital photos
With Michael Schumacher fighting for recovery in a Swiss clinic, his family has also been fighting on another front.
EFE news agency reports that the publisher Hubert Burda Media, owner of the German news weekly Bunte, has been legally banned by a Munich court from publishing certain photographs of Schumacher's wife Corinna.
The photos of Mrs Schumacher were reportedly taken in Grenoble on January 3, the day the former Mercedes and Ferrari driver turned 45 whilst in a coma just days after his skiing accident.
The news agency said that, at lawyers representing the Schumacher family's instruction, the court found that the photos are private and therefore not eligible for publication.
A spokesman for Hubert Bunte Media said it will consider the ruling but probably appeal on the grounds that the judge did not properly assess its arguments.
EFE said Schumacher lawyers are also taking action against other media outlets in Cologne, Hamburg and Frankfurt.
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