To mark F1 great Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday, the Ferrari Museum has opened a special exhibition called ‘Michael 50’ to celebrate the seven-times world champion.
Celebrate the 50th birthday of the most successful ferrarista in history, #MichaelSchumacher: come and discover the #Michael50 at #MuseoFerrari for the next few months. #KeepFighting https://t.co/wKFHPjAANn pic.twitter.com/n8YXoPFTAG
— Museo Ferrari (@MuseoFerrari) January 2, 2019
The special opening ceremony was attended by fans and Scuderia Ferrari Club members, who gathered for a special photograph. Now open to visitors of the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, it will run alongside the ‘Driven by Enzo’ and ‘Passion and Legend’ exhibitions.
Michael 50 has been built around a ‘Hall of Victories’ that showcases some of the Scuderia Ferrari racers driven by Schumacher during his 11 years with the team.
They include the 1996 F310, in which he scored his first Ferrari F1 victory in the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, and the 1999 F399 that he drove to his first Ferrari Constructors’ title.
Schumacher won his first F1 Drivers’ Championship in the F1-2000, and set records in both the F2002 and F2004.
The final Ferrari F1 car to be driven by Schumacher is also on display: the 2006 248 F1 took him to his final victory, his 72nd, at that year’s Chinese Grand Prix.
No driver has yet matched Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles, 91 race victories and 155 podium appearances.
Ferrari is also showing some of the road cars Schumacher helped develop. These include the 2007 430 Scuderia and the 2008 Ferrari California.
The exhibition comes just over six years since Schumacher suffered a serious head injury whilst skiing. His current condition is unknown but his wife Corrina recently said: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.
“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday… and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together.”
The Michael 50 exhibition is being run in association with the Keep Fighting Foundation set up to ‘help the world to always keep fighting and never give up’. The non-profit organisation supports initiatives to help achieve cultural and social benefits.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) January 3, 2019