Michael Schumacher’s family has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the outpouring of support from his fans worldwide, who sent messages of support on the seven-time World Champion’s 45th birthday yesterday.
The German remains in a medically-induced coma after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday.
More than 200 Ferrari fans paid a silent tribute on the grounds of the CHU Grenoble hospital, where Schumacher remains in a critical condition after two rounds of neurosurgery to treat bleeding on his brain.
Almost all of the attending fans were dressed head-to-toe in Ferrari colours, with many carrying placards and banners honouring Schumacher, who claimed 72 race wins and five of his seven Drivers’ Championship titles during an eleven-year stint with the Scuderia.
Some more enterprising fans directed a light projection onto a wall of the hospital (pictured top), which read: “45 – Schumi – stay stong! keep fighting!”
A statement from his family published on his official website paid thanks to his fans.
“We are overwhelmed! The incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears.
“We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heart warming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.”