Michael Schumacher’s family say they have been “overwhelmed” by fans’ support for the seven-time Formula 1 world champion as he continues to be treated in hospital following his skiing accident.
On the German’s 45th birthday on Friday, more than 200 Ferrari fans joined a silent tribute outside the University Hospital in Grenoble where Schumacher remains in a critical condition.
With those attending the event wearing Ferrari red team gear, and unfolding a large Prancing Horse banner, the Schumacher family said it was in no doubt how deep the feeling of support was.
“We are overwhelmed!” said a short statement on Schumacher’s official website. “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 heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.”
Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in the crash last weekend, and although his condition is now stable, he remains in an induced coma following two brain operations.