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2014-01-03 09:12

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCHUMI: Ferrari fans will honour the birthday of injured former F1 driver Michael Schumacher with a vigil held on January 3.Image: AFP

Ferrari fans will hold a silent 45th birthday tribute (January 3 2014) for Michael Schumacher outside the  French hospital where the injured former driver is fighting for his life following a skiing accident.

The Formula 1 team's facebook page said the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs wanted to show their support and were organising "a silent and respectful event all in red" at the Grenoble hospital where Schumacher has been since injuring his head in December 2013.


Ferrari said the team also planned a special tribute to their former driver, who won five successive titles with them, on the Ferrari website.

The team said: "In these difficult days and on the occasion of his birthday the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs want to show their support for Michael Schumacher by organising a silent and respectful event all in red at the Grenoble University Hospital Center."

Schumacher left Ferrari in 2006 but then came out of retirement in 2010 for a three-year comeback with Mercedes that ended in 2012.

The most successful driver in F1 history, with 91 race wins to his credit, suffered head injuries while skiing off piste during a family vacation in the Alpine resort of Meribel on December 29.

His agent Sabine Kehm said that he was in a stable condition and it was too early to talk about his further prospects.


Doctors have carried out two operations so far, including one to remove a build-up of blood from his brain.

Schumacher's family posted a message on his official website thanking fans for their support.

The message read: "They are giving us great support. We all know he is a fighter and will not give up."
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