Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher spent 19 seasons in Formula 1. Getty Images


  • Michael Schumacher marked his 54th birthday on Tuesday
  • His children posted tributes to mark his special day while he continues to recover at home
  • The former F1 star suffered a traumatic brain injury during a skiing accident in December 2013

Michael Schumacher's children made his birthday extra special this year by sending the former F1 star heartfelt messages on social media.

Schumacher's family marked his 54th birthday Tuesday with touching tributes alongside throwback photos of them with the German former racing driver.

His 25-year-old daughter Gina-Maria posted on Instagram a photo of them wearing similar racing bomber jackets with the caption: "Happy Birthday, Dad. Throwback to our karting times! #keepfighting."

Meanwhile, Schumacher's son Mick — who is also pursuing a career in racing — penned a separate tribute for his dad on Instagram.

"Happy birthday to the best Dad ever. Love you!" Mick wrote alongside a photo of them together and a solo shot of the racer wearing his racing uniform.

Schumacher has been receiving specialist treatment at his home in Switzerland since sustaining a brain injury during a skiing accident in December 2013.

He and his then-14-year-old son Mick were skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel when Schumacher fell and hit his head on a boulder, leading to severe injuries despite his safety gear and helmet.

According to The Guardian, the racer was conscious after the crash but displayed "erratic" behavior and failed to answer questions.

Olivier Simonin, the director of Méribel Alpina, said at the time that a skier with Schumacher's group informed the mountain rescue immediately after the incident. Two rescuers immediately responded and helped Schumacher until a helicopter arrived and transported him to a hospital at Moûtiers, France. He was later transferred to Grenoble, which has a specialized trauma unit.

There were reports that Schumacher had been operated on twice for a brain hemorrhage, but his doctors dismissed the claims.

Schumacher scored 91 wins and seven championships during his career, making him one of the best F1 drivers in history.

When Schumacher was awarded the State Prize of North-Rhine-Westphalia award in July last year, his wife Corinna was present to accept the honor and gave a brief update on his condition, Sports Illustrated reported.

"I miss Michael every day," said Corinna. "But it's not just me who misses him. It's the children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he's here and that gives us strength, I find. We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives. 'Private is private,' as he always said."

"It is very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible," she continued. "Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael."

Schumacher was not a stranger to near-death experiences before the 2013 accident. In 1995 and 1998, he survived crashes while skiing. In 2001, he broke his leg following a training incident.

Schumacher also fractured his skull in February 2009 after a motorcycle crash, leading him to postpone his supposed comeback.

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher retired from Formula 1 in 2012 after returning to the sport for three seasons with Mercedes. Getty Images