Michael Schumacher’s daughter has wished her dad happy birthday as the F1 legend turns 50.
In a tribute on Instagram, Gina Schumacher shared a picture of her dad during his racing days with the caption: “Happy birthday to the best dad.”
Schumacher has not been seen publicly for five years after suffering life-changing injuries during a ski accident in December 2013.
The German hit his head on a rock and needed emergency surgery. He is currently receiving round-the-clock treatment in Lake Geneva.
Schumacher has two children, Gina and Mick. Son Mick is a Formula Three world champion and will compete in Formula Two next year.
The 50-year-old’s wife, Corinna, issued a rare statement on his health on the eve of his birthday.
She told fans the family are doing “everything humanly possible” to help the stricken former Ferrari driver.
“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hears that we can do this together,” she said.
“As a gift to him, you and us, Keep Fighting Foundation has created a virtual museum. The Official Michael Schumacher App will be released tomorrow, so that we can review all together Michael’s successes.
“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.
“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 Fight Foundation.
“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 new year 2019.”