Michael Schumacher Family Releases Health Update On Celebrating His 50th Birthday

Michael Schumacher watches the qualifying times with Ross Brawn Belgian Grand Prix Spa 30 August 1992

Michael Schumacher watches the qualifying times with Ross Brawn Belgian Grand Prix Spa 30 August 1992

Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher turned 50 on Thursday (Jan 3) as Formula One and his fans paid tribute to the sport's most successful driver with a mixture of celebration and sorrow.

"Wishing you and your family and every Schumi fan out there all the best!", Nico Rosberg said. Indeed, after leaving Formula 1, the German driver remained at Ferrari not only to help the Scuderia but also to contribute to the development of various road cars, such as the 430 Scuderia in 2007 and the Ferrari California in 2008. Not only did he set an incredible record - a record that is yet to be beaten - but he also shaped and changed the sport forever.

"We are very happy to celebrate Michael's 50th birthday [on Thursday] together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together. And he was always looking for new Ways to improve his performance on the track".

The Mercedes team, where Schumacher finished his career, wrote on Twitter: "50 years ago, a star was born". We're extremely grateful for everything he did for us. "Today, we all tip our hats to you - happy birthday, Michael!" "We wish you a lot of fun with it", the family relayed.

His wife Corinna posted a rare update on his health ahead of his landmark birthday, ensuring that the family are doing everything humanly possible to help him.

Keep fighting, Michael. And a happy 50th birthday.

"Michael has always been a very private person and that's been a guiding principle in his career, his life and his family always agreed with that choice".

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The former Ferrari driver is being treated at his home in Switzerland, but little is known about his recovery.

The Hall of Victories in ferrari's museum will display some of the most important Ferrari single-seaters driven in Schumacher's eleven years with the team.

Ferrari, with whom Schumacher won five drivers' titles in a row, marked the German's birthday by opening a special exhibition in his honour at their headquarters in Maranello.

He is now being looked after at his Switzerland home and, ahead of the German's 50th birthday, his family has taken the rare step of issuing a statement on the Ferrari legend's condition.

"Within the teams he worked in, he always created a great impression and a great loyalty".

The app also links to the Schumoji, a premium app also available for Apple and Android devices, which gives its users access to emojis of Michael and Mick Schumacher along with stickers, quotes and GIFs that can be shared with others via their social networks.

Schumacher spent 18 seasons, over a 21-year period, in Formula One and took at least one win in 15 successive campaigns (1992-2006).

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