Speaking before the season opening Grand Prix in Australia, Lewis Hamilton has said in relation to Michael Schumacher's skiing accident that “all things happen for a reason”.
Schumacher is currently in a coma, a full two-and-a-half months after being involved in a skiing accident in which the seven-time Formula One champion hit his head on a rock.
A statement was released earlier this week in which it was revealed the German is showing "small, encouraging signs", with his family adding that they remain positive about the 45-year-old making a recovery.
With the start of the 2014 F1 taking place in Melbourne this weekend, Schumacher's condition has come back on the agenda and current drivers are being asked for their views.
British driver Hamilton suggested the accident has given Schumacher an opportunity to prove his character.
"He's a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual. So I feel like all things happen for a reason," said the Mercedes driver.
"I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he's had."
Former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa also spoke about Schumacher, who is being treated at the University of Grenoble hospital in France.
"I keep praying and believe that things can be okay for him and he's coming back," said the Brazilian, who is driving for Williams this season.
Career in Pictures: Michael Schumacher
Career in Pictures: Michael Schumacher
1/17 February 2006
Michael Schumacher is seen in the pits during a training session at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste near Valencia in 2006
2/17 November 1994
Hugging two team mechanics in delight for becoming World Champion Driver after the Australian Grand Prix at the Adelaide circuit in November 1994
3/17 October 1995
Flavio Briatore carries a jubilant Michael after he wins the Pacific F1 Grand Prix at Aida in Japan, and wins his second World Drivers Championshp
4/17 February 1996
Schmacher pushes his Ferrari back to the pits after engine trouble left him stranded at the entrance of the pitlane during pre-season testing at Estoril, Portugal
5/17 March 1996
During the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
6/17 March 1997
Michael Schumacher in the pit lane during the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia
7/17 October 2000
Celebrating on the podium after winning the formula one world championship at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan
8/17 July 2006
Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari leads the pack into the first corner at the start of the French Formula One Grand Prix at the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit
Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images
9/17 October 2010
Michael Schumacher drives during the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit
Clive Mason/Getty Images
10/17 October 2011
Michael Schumacher and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd as he attends the drivers parade before the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on October 30, 2011 in Noida, India
11/17 December 2011
Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher celebrate after winning the Nations Cup at day one of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena
12/17 June 2012
Michael Schumacher drives at the Valencia Street Circuit on June 22, 2012 in Valencia during the first practice race of the European Formula One Grand Prix
13/17 September 2012
Michael Schumacher crashes into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix in September 2012
14/17 November 2012
Schumacher drives in his last race during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Mark Thompson/Getty Images
15/17 December 2013
Deputy director Jean Marc Grenier talks to media outside the CHU Nord hospital in Grenoble, French Alps
16/17 December 2013
Members of the staff are seen outside the emergency services at the CHU Nord hospital in Grenoble, French Alps; this is the hospital where retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is reported to be hospitalized after a ski accident
17/17 December 2013
A Scuderia Ferrari and Michael Schumacher fan waits, on December 29, in Grenoble, in front of the emergency department of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire hospital
Massa added: "I always think about him every day, pray for him every day.
"For sure it was a shame to see what's happened, but I keep thinking about him. He's on my helmet."Reuse content