Fans hold vigil for Schumacher
3 January 2014 – Michael Schumacher fans held a silent vigil on Friday outside the Grenoble hospital, where the seven-time F1 world champion is being treated following his skiing accident in Méribel, France on Sunday morning.
The gathering was organised by Ferrari to coincide with the German’s 45th birthday.
He is currently in an induced coma and his condition was described as ‘stable’ but ‘critical’ on Wednesday.
“Over two hundred fans from Italian and French Scuderia Ferrari Clubs converged on the Grenoble university hospital today, while many others, from Germany and Spain, responded to the call from Ferrari, to pay a special tribute to Michael Schumacher on his forty fifth birthday,” read a statement on the Scuderia’s official website.
“They travelled for many hours by car and coach, six from northern Italy, in a gesture of support for the family and those close to the German driver, to show how much he means to the fans and to each and every one of them goes the thanks of Ferrari.
“The Ferrari Heart which was displayed today in the hospital car park in the French city was held up by the hands of those present but also metaphorically by the strength of the millions of fans from around the world who today are even closer than ever to Michael, as he fights the hardest challenge of his life.