Schumi out of coma

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident late last year, is no longer in a coma.

Schumacher, 45, has left the French hospital where he had been treated since the accident, "to continue his long phase of rehabilitation away from the public eye", Sabine Kehm, his spokesman, said yesterday.

The German - who won a record 91 Grand Prix victories and left motor racing last year after a disappointing three-year comeback - slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel.