3 Jan 2014

Ferrari to hold vigil for Schumacher

10:52 am on 3 January 2014

Ferrari fans will hold a silent 45th birthday tribute to Michael Schumacher outside his French hospital overnight with the seven times Formula One world champion in a coma and fighting for his life after a skiing accident.

The Formula One team's facebook page says the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs wanted to show their support and were organising "a silent and respectful event all in red" at the Grenoble hospital where the German has been since his fall at the weekend.

Ferrari says the team also planned a special tribute to their former driver, who won five successive titles with them, on their website.

Schumacher left Ferrari in 2006 but then came out of retirement in 2010 for a three-year comeback with Mercedes that ended in 2012.