Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is to continue his rehabilitation in Switzerland, having emerged from a coma after almost six months.

The 45-year-old has left the hospital in Grenoble where he was put into an artificially-induced coma following a skiing accident in the French Alps in late December.

Schumacher has been transferred to the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) where he will continue his recovery from the serious head injuries he received while on the slopes in the French alpine resort of Meribel.

"I can confirm that he has been admitted on Monday morning," said hospital spokesman Darcy Christen.

"I can't say anything about his medical status. We have decided to ensure for him and his family privacy and medical confidentiality."

Schumacher's management company - whose previous update came in early April after he started to show "moments of consciousness" - earlier confirmed there had been a slight improvement in the former Ferrari driver's condition.

"Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement.

“He is not in a coma anymore.

"His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble, as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.

"The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes. We are sure it helped him.

"For the future we ask for understanding his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye."