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‘Virtual museum’ launched as family of Michael Schumacher celebrate Formula One great’s 50th birthday

Michael Schumacher in 2010 (David Davies/PA Wire)
Michael Schumacher in 2010 (David Davies/PA Wire)

TODAY marks the 50th birthday of Michael Schumacher, still considered to be one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time.

The German has not been seen in public since he sustained a serious head injury in a skiing accident on the French Alps five years ago.

Yesterday, Schumacher’s family issued a rare public statement about his medical condition, stating that they are “doing everything humanly possible” to help the seven-time Formula One world champion.

The most decorated star in F1 history is understood to be receiving medical care at the family home near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, but updates regarding his health have been few and far between.

The wall of secrecy, enforced at the request of his wife Corinna, was established to protect one of the biggest names in modern sporting times.

The family statement read: “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.”

Today, a virtual museum – The Official Michael Schumacher App – has been launched to celebrate the driver’s legacy.

“As a gift to him, you and us, Keep Fighting Foundation has created a virtual museum,” the statement added.

“The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments. We wish you a lot of fun with it.

💥 Happy Birthday Michael! 💥Schumacher. The Official App. AND Schumoji App.👉👉👉 In the App Stores now. / Jetzt in den App Stores.#Michael50 #TeamMichael #KeepFighting

Posted by Michael Schumacher on Wednesday, 2 January 2019

“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we! That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation.

“We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”


Schumacher’s career in pictures

Motor Racing – British Grand Prix – Winners Podium – Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill – Silverstone
Schumacher finished second to race-winner Damon Hill at the 1994 British Grand Prix – only to later be disqualified for failing to serve a stop-go penalty (PA Archive)

Despite the disqualification, Schumacher went on to win the 1994 Formula One drivers' title.
Despite the disqualification, Schumacher went on to win the 1994 Formula One drivers’ title (Michael Stephens/PA)

Schumacher was partnered by Eddie Irvine from 1996 as Ferrari put a team together to win the world championship.
Schumacher was partnered by Eddie Irvine from 1996 as Ferrari put a team together to win the world championship (David Giles/PA)

Schumacher's first four years at Ferrari failed to yield a drivers' title to add to his two from Benetton.
Schumacher’s first four years at Ferrari failed to yield a drivers’ title to add to his two from Benetton (David Jones/PA)

Schumacher had to watch as Mika Hakkinen took the 1998 and 1999 titles in his McLaren.
Schumacher had to watch as Mika Hakkinen took the 1998 and 1999 titles in his McLaren (David Jones/PA)

Schumacher crashed out of the 1999 British Grand Prix, breaking his leg and missing the next six races.
Schumacher crashed out of the 1999 British Grand Prix, breaking his leg and missing the next six races (David Jones/PA)

Schumacher, defending his third world title, celebrates taking pole position for the 2001 British Grand Prix.
Schumacher, defending his third world title, celebrates taking pole position for the 2001 British Grand Prix (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Schumacher's trademark leap marked another win at Silverstone en route to the drivers' championship in 2002.
Schumacher’s trademark leap marked another win at Silverstone en route to the drivers’ championship in 2002 (Tom Hevezi/PA)

Schumacher joined then-Irish Transport Minister, Seamus Brennan, at the formal signing of an historic European Charter on Road Safety in 2004.
Schumacher joined then-Irish Transport Minister, Seamus Brennan, at the formal signing of an historic European Charter on Road Safety in 2004 (Haydn West/PA)

2004 saw Schumacher's final Silverstone win and the last of his record seven world titles.
2004 saw Schumacher’s final Silverstone win and the last of his record seven world titles (Rui Vieira/PA)

Schumacher shocked the world of motorsport when he came out of retirement to join Mercedes in 2010.
Schumacher shocked the world of motorsport when he came out of retirement to join Mercedes in 2010 (David Davies/PA)

Schumacher chats to McLaren pair Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2010 season.
Schumacher chats to McLaren pair Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2010 season (David Davies/PA)

Schumacher's return was not as successful as he would have hoped - he took just one podium in three years with Mercedes.
Schumacher’s return was not as successful as he would have hoped – he took just one podium in three years with Mercedes (PA Archive)

Schumacher finished seventh during his last British Grand Prix in 2012.
Schumacher finished seventh during his last British Grand Prix in 2012 (David Davies/PA)