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Ferrari dedicate Web feature to stricken Schumacher

Massa, Barrichello also send best wishes to former teammate

03 January, 16:12
Ferrari dedicate Web feature to stricken Schumacher (ANSA) - Rome, January 3 - Ferrari issued special birthday and get-well wishes to Michael Schumacher on Friday as the ex-Formula One driver turned 45 fighting for his life in a Grenoble hospital after a recent skiing accident in the French Alps.

Schumacher, who won five titles with Ferrari, smashed his head against a rock near his holiday home at Meribel after going off piste to help a friend's daughter on Sunday.

Ferrari posted a special feature dedicated to the German racing driver, sending him "double best wishes" for a happy birthday and a speedy recovery. "Today is the birthday of Michael Schumacher, who is currently engaged in the most important race of his life, and we want to pay him special homage," read the text on the side's website. The feature also included a photo gallery of the 72 Ferrari victories posted by Schumacher between 1996 and 2006 - part of his record 91 tally.

Former Ferrari teammates Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello also sent well wishes for the day. "Be strong! Very strong, my friend!" wrote Brazilian Massa on his Instagram profile.

"Keep going strong," echoed his fellow countryman Barrichello.

"I know you are fighting".

Schumacher has had two operations to drain blood from his skull and ease pressure on his brain, and is stable in a medically induced coma after a "very slight" improvement from the second round of surgery.