Ferrari fans held a vigil for Michael Schumacher on Friday for his 45th birthday. They gathered outside the Grenoble hospital with flags and banners of support. The seven-time world champion remains in a medically-induced coma following a skiing accident last weekend.
The latest update on his condition came on Wednesday, where a statement from his long-time manager Sabine Kehm said he was “stable” but remained in a critical condition. Hundreds of Ferrari fans from all over Europe travelled to the French city for the special tribute.
“Over two hundred fans from Italian and French Scuderia Ferrari Clubs converged on the Grenoble university hospital today, while many others, from Germany and Spain, responded to the call from Ferrari, to pay a special tribute to Michael Schumacher on his forty fifth birthday,” said a statement on the team’s official website.
“They travelled for many hours by car and coach, six from northern Italy, in a gesture of support for the family and those close to the German driver, to show how much he means to the fans and to each and every one of them goes the thanks of Ferrari.
“The Ferrari Heart which was displayed today in the hospital car park in the French city was held up by the hands of those present but also metaphorically by the strength of the millions of fans from around the world who today are even closer than ever to Michael, as he fights the hardest challenge of his life. Forza Michael!”
The Schumacher family released a short statement on Friday night, thanking fans outside for hospital for their support. “The incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari Fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears,” read the statement. “We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.”
Ferrari also compiled a photo tribute on their website for the 91-time race winner’s birthday, sharing 72 – the number of times he won for the Scuderia – special moments that the team shared with him during his 11-season stint at Maranello.
Image courtesy of Ferrari, @InsideFerrari