Michael Schumacher will remain brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz despite near fatal accident

The car manufacturer, which appointed the former racing driver to the role in April 2013, confirmed Schumacher would continue to front the brand

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Michael Schumacher will remain Mercedes Benz’s brand ambassador, regardless of his near fatal accident which has reportedly left him able to communicate only through moving his eyelashes.

The car manufacturer appointed the former racing driver to the role in April 2013, after he had taken part in his last Grand Prix.

"We have given no thoughts to changing something in his contract," Daimler chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche told German publication Bild in a statement.

In December 2013, Schumacher suffered serious head injuries following a skiing accident in France, which left him in a medically-induced coma.

He was woken from it in June, and is currently being treated at Lausanne hospital in Switzerland near to his family home.

Although his condition has improved, medical experts have said he may never fully recover and will always reply on the help of others.

In July, his wife, Corinna Schumacher, published a letter in the Grand Prix programme thanking fans for all their “good wishes and positive energies” and also confirmed that his recovery would be a long one.

“Now we are facing a phase which will presumably take a long time,” she continued. “We trust that time will be Michael's ally in this fight. Until then I would like to wish you and your families all the best as well.”