Formula-1 legend Michael Schumacher turns 49, fans send wishes

Formula One legend turns 49. Photograph:( Others )

AFP Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy Jan 03, 2018, 12.43 PM (IST)

Italian Formula One team Ferrari paid tribute to Michael Schumacher on Wednesday as the former seven-time world champion turned 49.

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"Today Michael turns 49, our thoughts are always with him. #Keepfighting #ForzaMichael," the Italian stable wrote on their Twitter account.

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The retired seven-time F1 champion German racing ace, widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers ever, has been battling for his life ever since he suffered catastrophic brain injuries four years ago after he hit his head on a rock during a skiing holiday in the French resort of Meribel in December 2013.

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Schumacher won two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before five consecutive world drivers' titles with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.

His records of seven titles, 91 career victories, fastest laps (77) and most races won in a single season (13), remain unchallenged.

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