Michael Schumacher’s family have issued a rare statement about the German superstar, as he turns 50 years old today.
The seven time World Champion was born on this day in 1969 but, unfortunately, hasn’t been seen in public since a life-changing skiing accident just over five years ago. His condition remains publicly unknown, with high-profile visitors such as Jean Todt and Ross Brawn understandably respecting the families’ wishes for privacy.
With Schumacher turning 50 years old on Thursday, the spotlight inevitably has re-fallen on the family who issued a short statement on Wednesday to briefly outline their position at the moment: “We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy. At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019.”
Ferrari, the team with which Michael won five consecutive driver’s titles with between 2000 & 2004 and cemented his legendary status, took to social media with a series of pictures and posts about their former star driver.
Having initially retired from F1 after the 2006 season, Michael returned with Mercedes AMG in 2010 and drove for them until the end of 2012. His departure cleared the way for Lewis Hamilton’s arrival at the team. Toto Wolff, boss of Mercedes, says Michael played a huge role in ramping up the team’s competitiveness as they found their feet in the sport: “Michael is one of the founding fathers of the success we have had in the last five years.”
“There is no other driver like him and his vast experience contributed tremendously in the development of our team. He played a crucial role when we re-joined F1 and was one of the people who laid the foundation for our future success. We’re extremely grateful for everything he did for us. Today, we all tip our hats to you – happy birthday, Michael!”