Ferrari published a tribute message on the occasion of the 50th birthday of Michael Schumacher, who has not appeared in public since his ski accident five years ago, in which he suffered serious head injuries.
The German, who won seven Formula 1 world champion titles and 91 Grands Prix, gave Ferrari five consecutive crowns, between 2000 and 2004.
Ferrari also won six titles in the constructors’ category during Schumacher, who was in the ‘Scuderia’ between 1996 and 2006.
«Our champion turns 50 today. We are all with you, Michael #KeepFighting (Keep fighting) », Ferrari posted on Twitter.
“We join the entire F1 family in sending our best wishes to Michael Schumacher on the occasion of his 50th birthday #KeepFightingMichael,” read on the official Formula 1 Twitter account.
The Ferrari Museum, located in Maranello, in northern Italy, is currently dedicating an exhibition to the mythical German ex-driver.
The patron of the Mercedes team, the Austrian Toto Wolff, considered Schumacher “one of the founding fathers of the success we have had in the last five years”.
Retired Michael Schumacher returned to racing in 2010 to run three seasons with Mercedes, unable to win a Grand Prix with them. He was later replaced by Lewis Hamilton.
The British driver won his fifth personal world title in 2018 and his fourth with Mercedes. Hamilton is now just two world titles and eighteen races won away from matching ‘Schumi’s’ data.
The German pilot’s health status has been kept secret since his serious crash in the French Alps in December 2013.
His family made a statement via Facebook before his birthday and launched an app to celebrate sporting successes.
“You can be sure that he is in the best hands and that we do everything humanly possible to help him,” said the family.
Gina, his daughter, also published a short message accompanied by three photos on her Instagram page, wishing a “happy birthday to the best dad.”
His son Mick, European champion in Formula 3 last season, will contest the Formula 2 championship this year, on his way to his great dream of competing in the premier class. AFP