Michael Schumacher's speed on the track and a certain 'ruthless' streak have helped him build a record that is unrivalled in racing history.
Bahrain police fired tear gas in clashes with rioting youths two days before the Formula One Grand Prix in the Gulf kingdom.
The organisers of this Sunday's F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain have vowed that violent protests against the race will not stop it taking place.
Michael Schumacher's wife has asked the media for privacy while doctors treat the seven-time Formula One world champion, according to reports.
Corinna Schumacher reportedly released a statement to media saying that no more press conferences would be held about her husband's condition in the near future, and asking for doctors at the hospital in Grenoble, France to be left to "work in peace".
"Please leave our family alone," the statement reportedly concluded.
Michael Schumacher's manager has dismissed reports that his life is out of danger, reiterating that he is still stable but critical, as doctors treating the former Formula One driver said earlier today:
– Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm
I can confirm Michael’s condition can be considered as stable, as written in the official statement of today.
I cannot confirm to have stated that his life is out of danger.
I refer to the statement given today by the team of doctors treating Michael.
Michael Schumacher condition remains stable but critical, Grenoble Hospital has said in a statement.
"The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him," it said.
"However, the medical team responsible underlines that they [still] consider Michael¹s condition as critical.
The statement added: "The privacy of the patient demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being."
The hospital asked journalists "to stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or his management" as the "only valid information".
Michael Schumacher's condition remained critical but stable last night, the German's agent said nearly a week after the seven-times Formula One champion suffered brain injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel.
– Michael Schumacher's agent, Sabine Kehm
Michael's condition remains critical but stable. We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation.
A camera that Michael Schumacher was wearing on his helmet when he was injured in a skiing accident has been handed to authorities, the Formula One champion's manager said.
The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last Sunday, remains in an artificially induced coma.
He is in a critical but stable condition and it is believed his life was saved by his skiing helmet, which split on impact.
Schumacher turned 45 yesterday, with his family saying they were "overwhelmed" by the support of fans who gathered at the Grenoble hospital to mark the occasion.
Sabine Kehm said in a statement that investigators had been given the camera by relatives, dismissing speculation this was against their wishes.
Investigators are examining footage from a small camera which was attached to Michael Schumacher's helmet France's BFM TV channel reported, after his family handed the camera over.
Investigators also interviewed his son, who said he was with Schumacher at the time of the accident.
Fans have projected a message of support to Michael Schumacher after holding a vigil for the former Formula 1 world champion on his 45th birthday.
Schumacher remains in a critical condition after being admitted into a coma following his head injury while skiing at the French resort of Meribel.
Michael Schumacher's family say they have been "moved to tears" by the birthday vigil held by his fans outside the hospital in Grenoble where he remains in an artificial coma, BBC sports correspondent Richard Conway has reported.
Schumacher family: "The incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari Fans... has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears."
Schumacher family: "We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon.."
Ferrari fans from France, Italy and Germany attended a silent 45thbirthday tribute to seven-time Formula One world champion MichaelSchumacher in front of the hospital in the French Alps, where he is being treated.
There has been no update on his condition, which had previously been described as critical but stable.
Michael Schumacher's fans are holding a silent vigil to mark the former Formula One driver's 45th birthday as he receives treatment for serious head injuries.
Outside the hospital in Grenoble, fans left a sign that said: "Schumi, all our thoughts for you and your family."