LEWIS HAMILTON led tributes to stricken Michael Schumacher with an emotional message on the Formula 1 legend’s 50th birthday.
The Brit urged the seven-time F1 champ to keep fighting following his skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013.
Schumacher hit his head on rocks while skiing with his son Mick, resulting in severe head injuries including blood cloths on the brain.
The German was then put in a medically induced coma, which he fell into for six months.
He has not been seen in public ever since and the family continues to keep the extent of the F1 legend’s injuries and his condition private.
And as Schumacher celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday, tributes from his former rivals poured.
Hamilton led the birthday messages and wrote on Twitter: “Wishing you a happy birthday, Michael. 50 years of life and a legacy that will last forever.
“What an honour it is to say that I have raced with you. You’ve always been a true inspiration to me and the entire world.
“Keep fighting, Champ.”
Schumacher’s former team-mates, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa, joined in and took to social media to show appreciation for the legendary driver on his special day.
Rosberg posted pictures of him alongside Schumacher and wrote on Twitter: “Happy 50th, Michael! Stay strong. Wishing you and your family and every Schumi fan out there all the best!”
While Massa also shared a snap, embracing the German dressed in a Ferrari costume, and wrote on Instagram: “Happy 50th Birthday my brother! Keep fighting.”
Schumacher is thought to receive £50,000-a-week medical treatment at the family home near Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
His wife, Corinna, has recently released a statement revealing the family is doing “everything humanly possible” to help the F1 champ in his rehab.
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It is understood Schumacher is not on a complete life support system, but his lawyer, Felix Damm, said two years ago that the driver could “not walk”.
Ferrari, has opened an “Michael 50” exhibition at their museum in Maranello, Italy to commemorate Schumacher’s successes as the brand’s most successful driver.
His family also launched a ‘virtual museum’ app taking users on a trip back to the F1 legend’s glorious career.