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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Schumacher honoured on his 50th birthday


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Michael Schumacher has been honoured by Formula One and its drivers as tributes from the motorsport world were shared on the legend's 50th birthday.

The seven-time world champion turned 50, and though he has not been in the public eye since the tragic skiing accident that put him in hospital with serious brain injuries five years ago, supporters of Schumacher showed their admiration of the Ferrari icon.

Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton revealed what an inspiration Schumacher was to him in his motorsport career.

"Wishing you a happy birthday, Michael," Hamilton said.

"50 years of life and a legacy that will last forever. What an honour is it to say that I have raced with you."

https://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/1080825326031302656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Other F1 drivers past and present shared their well wishes to the retired great on his special day, using the #KeepFighting hashtag on social media.

"Wishing you and your family and every Schumi fan out there all the best!," Nico Rosberg said.

https://twitter.com/nico_rosberg/status/1080829464932687872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"Happy 50th birthday, Goat!" Renault's Nico Hulkenberg tweeted.

F1's official website are also in the midst of 'Schumacher Week' in honour of the German driver, where memories from fellows drivers and racing identities have been shared to commemorate his birthday.

"We join the whole of the F1 family in sending Michael Schumacher our very best wishes on his 50th birthday," F1 said in a statement.

https://twitter.com/F1/status/1080756491856957440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Schumacher retired in 2012 but made a brief comeback over three years with after Mercedes.

"Michael has had a tremendous impact on Formula One," Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said.

"Not only did he set an incredible record - a record that is yet to be beaten - but he also shaped and changed the sport forever.

"As a driver, Michael took Formula One to a whole new level with his attention to detail and his technical knowledge.

https://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1/status/1080743835112747010?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"He did everything with great determination, from his engineering debriefs to his physical training, and was always searching for new ways to improve his on-track performance.

"There is no other driver like him and his vast experience contributed tremendously in the development of our team.

"We're extremely grateful for everything he did for us. Today, we all tip our hats to you - happy birthday, Michael!"

https://twitter.com/HulkHulkenberg/status/1080740332692795393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ferrari, the team where the 50-year-old won five straight F1 titles, joined in on the sombre celebration.

"Our champ turns 50 today," Ferrari said in a statement.

"We're all with you Michael."

"Michael, you've always been a fighter and you always will be," ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt said.

https://twitter.com/ScuderiaFerrari/status/1080727964109733888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Every major F1 team and identity didn't hold back their admiration of the incredible contribution Schumacher has had in their sport.

"The moment I stood alongside Michael on a podium that’s when I knew I was an F1 driver," former world champion Jenson Button said.

"So much respect for this guy, the benchmark for a racing driver who is the best I’ve ever seen & raced against. The rest of us were there to make the racing interesting."

https://twitter.com/JensonButton/status/1080875245471391745?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/MassaFelipe19/status/1080833294080577536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/ayrtonsenna/status/1080816044665581568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/F1MikaHakkinen/status/1080845460674437121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Schumacher now lives a sheltered existence at the family's mansion by the shores of Lake Geneva in the town of Gland, Switzerland, with his wife Corinna and children highly protective of his privacy.

"You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him," the family said in a rare statement on Wednesday that also announced the launch of a Michael Schumacher app.

https://twitter.com/schumacher/status/1080773550909390848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Thursday's focus was on celebrating a champion who holds the records for most titles and wins (91), even if Britain's five-time champion Hamilton is closing in.

Formula One's managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn, a key player in Schumacher's career at Benetton and Ferrari and also as Mercedes boss before Wolff, spoke from the heart.

https://twitter.com/FIAFdn/status/1080865620709777408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"I think one of the things I'd say about Michael from throughout his career is that people who worked with him never had a bad word to say about him," the Briton said in a Formula One podcast.

"Within the teams he worked in, he always created a great impression and a great loyalty."

Schumacher spent 18 seasons, over a 21-year period, in Formula One and took at least one win in 15 successive campaigns (1992-2006).

https://twitter.com/RenaultSportF1/status/1080761848591466496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/1080762560004214791?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/WilliamsRacing/status/1080763920250486784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

- with AP

Michael Schumacher has been honoured by Formula One and its drivers as tributes from the motorsport world were shared on the legend's 50th birthday.

The seven-time world champion turned 50, and though he has not been in the public eye since the tragic skiing accident that put him in hospital with serious brain injuries five years ago, supporters of Schumacher showed their admiration of the Ferrari icon.

Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton revealed what an inspiration Schumacher was to him in his motorsport career.

"Wishing you a happy birthday, Michael," Hamilton said.

"50 years of life and a legacy that will last forever. What an honour is it to say that I have raced with you."

https://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/1080825326031302656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Other F1 drivers past and present shared their well wishes to the retired great on his special day, using the #KeepFighting hashtag on social media.

"Wishing you and your family and every Schumi fan out there all the best!," Nico Rosberg said.

https://twitter.com/nico_rosberg/status/1080829464932687872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"Happy 50th birthday, Goat!" Renault's Nico Hulkenberg tweeted.

F1's official website are also in the midst of 'Schumacher Week' in honour of the German driver, where memories from fellows drivers and racing identities have been shared to commemorate his birthday.

"We join the whole of the F1 family in sending Michael Schumacher our very best wishes on his 50th birthday," F1 said in a statement.

https://twitter.com/F1/status/1080756491856957440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Schumacher retired in 2012 but made a brief comeback over three years with after Mercedes.

"Michael has had a tremendous impact on Formula One," Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said.

"Not only did he set an incredible record - a record that is yet to be beaten - but he also shaped and changed the sport forever.

"As a driver, Michael took Formula One to a whole new level with his attention to detail and his technical knowledge.

https://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1/status/1080743835112747010?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"He did everything with great determination, from his engineering debriefs to his physical training, and was always searching for new ways to improve his on-track performance.

"There is no other driver like him and his vast experience contributed tremendously in the development of our team.

"We're extremely grateful for everything he did for us. Today, we all tip our hats to you - happy birthday, Michael!"

https://twitter.com/HulkHulkenberg/status/1080740332692795393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ferrari, the team where the 50-year-old won five straight F1 titles, joined in on the sombre celebration.

"Our champ turns 50 today," Ferrari said in a statement.

"We're all with you Michael."

"Michael, you've always been a fighter and you always will be," ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt said.

https://twitter.com/ScuderiaFerrari/status/1080727964109733888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Every major F1 team and identity didn't hold back their admiration of the incredible contribution Schumacher has had in their sport.

"The moment I stood alongside Michael on a podium that’s when I knew I was an F1 driver," former world champion Jenson Button said.

"So much respect for this guy, the benchmark for a racing driver who is the best I’ve ever seen & raced against. The rest of us were there to make the racing interesting."

https://twitter.com/JensonButton/status/1080875245471391745?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/MassaFelipe19/status/1080833294080577536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/ayrtonsenna/status/1080816044665581568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/F1MikaHakkinen/status/1080845460674437121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Schumacher now lives a sheltered existence at the family's mansion by the shores of Lake Geneva in the town of Gland, Switzerland, with his wife Corinna and children highly protective of his privacy.

"You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him," the family said in a rare statement on Wednesday that also announced the launch of a Michael Schumacher app.

https://twitter.com/schumacher/status/1080773550909390848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Thursday's focus was on celebrating a champion who holds the records for most titles and wins (91), even if Britain's five-time champion Hamilton is closing in.

Formula One's managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn, a key player in Schumacher's career at Benetton and Ferrari and also as Mercedes boss before Wolff, spoke from the heart.

https://twitter.com/FIAFdn/status/1080865620709777408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"I think one of the things I'd say about Michael from throughout his career is that people who worked with him never had a bad word to say about him," the Briton said in a Formula One podcast.

"Within the teams he worked in, he always created a great impression and a great loyalty."

Schumacher spent 18 seasons, over a 21-year period, in Formula One and took at least one win in 15 successive campaigns (1992-2006).

https://twitter.com/RenaultSportF1/status/1080761848591466496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/1080762560004214791?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/WilliamsRacing/status/1080763920250486784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

- with AP

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