Michael Schumacher remains in a stable but critical condition following his skiing accident and no further update on his condition is expected on Friday as the German spends his 45th birthday in a coma.
His family were briefed by doctors at Grenoble’s University Hospital in the morning, but had stated earlier in the week that they would only be making further announcements if there was substantial news to report.
The seven-time World Champion is in intensive care after he hit his head on a rock and was airlifted off Meribel’s slopes on Sunday. (See accident route below)
The last official update came from his manager and spokesperson, Sabine Kehm, on New Year’s Day.
“We understand that the situation is essentially the same as it has been in the last couple of days so we are now looking at 80 plus hours of Michael Schumacher in a stable condition and although he hasn’t improved, that is a platform at least for his doctors to continue to treat him,” reported Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater.
Schumacher won five successive titles with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004 and the Scuderia are helping to mark his birthday by asking fans to dress in red and take part in “a silent and respectful event” outside the hospital.
“Ferrari have arranged for fans from their supporters clubs in Northern Italy and Southern France to come to Grenoble and they are going to hold a silent parade a little bit later on,” Slater added.
“There are over 100 fans here already, all dressed in red and Ferrari have been keen to stress this is an important day for the team as it is Schumacher’s birthday.”
A message on Ferrari’s website read: “At the moment, he is tackling the most important fight of his life and therefore we want to send him very special wishes.”