Michael Schumacher's children publicly congratulated their famous father on his 54th birthday via Instagram.
Daughter Gina posted an older photo together, in which she looks boldly at her father with racing overalls and a thick wool hat, who in turn raises his eyebrows slightly. "Happy Birthday Dad," wrote the 25-year-old, who is now a very successful athlete herself, and added: "Looking back at our karting days."
Brother Mick wrote emotional words for two photos. One shows the 23-year-old with a picture frame in his hand together with father Michael in front of a lake. In a second, Michael Schumacher in racing gear grins at the camera. "Happy Birthday to the best dad ever," he wrote in English. Provided with a red heart he added: "I love you."
Since the end of 2013, Michael Schumacher himself has disappeared from the public eye. The Formula 1 record world champion suffered a skiing accident above Méribel in France on December 29 and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Details of his current condition are not known, he is being shielded from the public.
While daughter Gina is pursuing a sports career in reining - a discipline of Western riding - son Mick made it into Formula 1. After two years as a regular driver for the American racing team Haas, he will only be a substitute this year - after all, with the former industry leader Mercedes. With the Silver Arrows, Michael Schumacher made a comeback in Formula 1 for three years from 2010 up to and including 2012.
"I think dad and I would understand each other in a different way now - simply because we speak a similar language, this motorsport language. And that we would have a lot more to talk about," said Mick Schumacher in the documentary "Schumacher ", which has been running on the Netflix streaming service since 2021 (you can read a background report on the documentary here at stern).