He was 50 on Thursday and it’s 5 years after a New Year ski accident left him in a coma following serious head injuries. NEW

The family of seven-time F1 world champion has been celebrating “his victories, his records and his jubilation”.
It is very rare for the family to make any public comment.
He is being treated at his home in Switzerland, but little is known about his recovery.
He had his accident on a New Year ski trip in Meribel in France in December 2013.
We reported on it at the time on PlanetSKI and have posted statements from the family:
He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands,” said his family and wife, Corinna, on the eve of his birthday.
“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.”
Corinna and Michael Schumacher

Corinna and Michael Schumacher

Here is the family statement in full that was released on Wednesday:

“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together.

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 Fighting 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 year 2019.”

On Thursday the family released the Official Michael Schumacher App.

It is a “virtual museum” of the driver’s achievements.

Schumacher’s career in numbers:

• 7 – a record seven world championships – two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, and five in a row for Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.

• 91 – race wins, from 306 starts – he remains 18 clear of second-placed Lewis Hamilton on the all-time list.

• 68 – pole positions, a record beaten by Hamilton in 2017.

• 15 – consecutive seasons with a grand prix win, from 1992 to 2006. It is a record – three clear of Hamilton.

• 8 – wins at the French Grand Prix, the most by any driver at a single race. His seven wins in Canada and San Marino are also unmatched by any other driver.

• 17 – podium finishes in 17 races in the 2002 season.

• 43 – age when he drove in his final grand prix, in Brazil in 2012. He originally retired in 2006 but returned three years later.

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