With F1 legend, Michael Schumacher , still in a medically-induced coma stemming from his skiing accident last week, the world has been waiting with baited breath to hear about any sort of positive developments for the man many regard as the finest race car driver in history.
But today is an especially difficult day for the Schumacher family, as Michael should’ve been celebrating his 45th birthday instead of being in a hospital fighting for his life. But like some men who have as devoted a following as Schumi, his fans and former colleagues are rallying behind him in the kind of way that just speaks volumes on the influence he had on them.
For its part, Ferrari has announced plans to pay tribute to its iconic F1 driver by holding a "silent and respectful event" at the Grenoble University Hospital where Schumi is recovering from that unfathomable accident.
The Italian automaker made its plans known on its Facebook page, calling for Ferrari owners to show up with their cars to celebrate Schumacher’s 45th birthday. It’s not the most ideal of circumstances to be holding such a celebration, but the thought and motive behind it are undoubtedly admirable. After all, it’s Schumacher who is largely responsible for Ferrari’s dominant run in Formula One in the last decade no driver, we argue, means more to its team than the man the tifosi call the Maestro.
The event is being scheduled by the Scuderia Ferrari Club and interested owners can contact their local club for additional information in the event they want to attend. It’s a hastily planned tribute, but nothing about this situation has been planned.
On our end, we continue to wish Michael Schumacher a full recovery from this accident. We’re rooting for you, sir, and sincerely hope you win this one last race for your family, friends, and loyal fans.
Click past the jump to read about Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher was born on January 3rd, 1969 and started his "racing" career while he was only 12 years old when he obtained his kart license. At 15 years-old he obtained his first won at the German Junior Kart Championship and in the upcoming years he won many German and European kart championships.
His Formula 1 career started in 1991 when he driven for the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. During a 19-year career in Formula 1 he secured 91 race victories and won seven world championships: two title for Benetton in 1994 and 1995 and five consecutive wins for Ferrari starting 2000.
In 2006 Schumacher retired from the racing world, but came back in 2010 for another try. In 2012 he retired for the second time.