Michael Schumacher fans have paid tribute to the Formula 1 legend as he continues to be treated at home for his traumatic brain injury. Supporters of the stricken sports icon, 49, unfurled a 30-metre long flag during yesterday’s pre-season testing race in Barcelona.
The flag, which reads “Michael forever”, is attached to the top of the main grandstand in the Catalan city. The huge banner was produced by members of the official Ferrari fan club from Italy. F1 journalist Tobi Gruner tweeted: “Ferrari fans showing their flags on the main grandstand. Michael Schumacher not forgotten.”
Another F1 reporter, Alessa-Luisa Naujoks, added: “Michael forever! Forza Michael! This banner at the Barcelona circuit stands for the thoughts and good wishes of millions of fans all over the world!”
The seven-time Formula One world champion and Scuderia Ferrari legend suffered a traumatic brain injury in a ski accident in the French Alps in December 2013. He was placed in a medically induced coma for six months. Michael Schumacher left hospital in Grenoble, France, for further rehabilitation at the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland. In September 2014 he was relocated to his home where he continues to receive private medical treatment.