Michael Schumacher is following the progress of his Formula 1-bound son Mick, according to former Ferrari chief Jean Todt.
The sporting icon suffered life-threatening injuries whilst skiing in 2013 and his condition has been kept under wraps by his family.
He receives regular visits from former boss and close friend Todt however, who has given an indication that the German is conscious.
Schumacher’s son has been tipped to emulate his father following plenty of success in the lower formulas.
Mick was on the Formula 1 grid back at the Nurburgring as he took part in practice with Alfa Romeo.
Currently he leads the Formula 2 championship and is in contention for one of the vacant seats at the Ferrari-powered Haas team.
And Todt told RTL France: “Of course he (Michael) is following him.
“Mick is probably going to race in Formula 1 next year which will be a great challenge. We would be delighted to have a new Schumacher at the highest level of motor racing.”
The Frenchman, who is currently president of the FIA, gave little away when asked on Schumacher’s wellbeing however in an effort to respect the family.
“This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,” he added.
“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights.
“He is very well cared for and in a place that is very comfortable. We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”
Earlier this year it was revealed that the seven-time world champion would have stem cell surgery from an esteemed doctor in an effort to revive his nervous system.