Ferrari have wished Michael Schumacher well as he tackles the "most important fight of his life" on his 45th birthday.
The seven-time World Champion, who won five of his Drivers' titles with Ferrari along with 72 grands prix, remains in a coma in a French hospital after suffering severe head trauma in a skiing accident.
Ferrari have arranged a "silent and respectful event" at the Grenoble University Hospital Center to mark Schumacher's 45th birthday.
"This is a special day for Ferrari and all its fans, as it is Michael Schumacher's birthday. At the moment, he is tackling the most important fight of his life and therefore we want to send him very special wishes," the team said in a statement on Friday.
"There have so many wonderful moments we have spent together and we have chosen 72. It's not a random number, as it represents the number of wins Michael achieved with the Scuderia from 1996 to 2006: 72 Grands Prix that gave us and the millions of Prancing Horse fans from all over the world so much pleasure.
"These were unforgettable moments which, along with his passion, commitment and dedication makes Michael part of the great Ferrari family for ever.
"Everyone at Ferrari, from President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, who are in touch all the time with Michael's family and those closest to him, are continuously watching how his situation evolves. Obviously, today there are double the reasons to wish him all the best.
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