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.
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."
The family of former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher have arrived at the hospital where he is being treated for serious head injuries.
His wife Corinna, brother Ralf and father Rolf all attended the University Hospital of Grenoble on the seven-time world champion's 45th birthday.
Michael Schumacher's wife has returned to his bedside for a fifth day after the former Formula 1 champion's horror fall while skiing in the French Alps.
Formula One driver Jenson Button and former German tennis star Boris Becker have sent their best wishes to Michael Schumacher on his 45th birthday, as the seven-time world champion remains in hospital following a serious skiing accident.
Best wishes to Michael Schumacher and his family on his birthday today. #StayStrongSchumi
Schumacher's family has reportedly been briefed by doctors this morning on his condition.
CNN reporter Saskya Vandoorne has tweeted that Michael Schumacher's family will be updated on his condition at 8.30 GMT:
#schumacher's hospital tells me briefing between family,manager+doctors at 9.30local.After which may be presser,statement or communique
Fans of injured Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher will hold a vigil on his birthday at the French hospital treating him, according to Ferrari.
On a statement on their Facebook page, Ferrari said: "In these difficult days and on the occasion of his birthday the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs want to show their support for Michael Schumacher, organising tomorrow a silent and respectful event all in Red at the Grenoble University Hospital Center."
Apart from the SFC event at Grenoble, tomorrow Ferrari will run a special tribute to Michael on http://t.co/KxK0HrD5X9.
Scuderia Ferrari Clubs will organize a special event to support Michael the day of his birthday. Read more at http://t.co/XSxRHXUvlk
Michael Schumacher's family has described the Formula One champion as a "fighter" in a message thanking fans for their support following his skiing accident.
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 in hospital.
In a message posted on Schumacher's website, his family wrote: "Following Michael's skiing accident, we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery.
"They are giving us great support."We all know he is a fighter and will not give up. Thank you."
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has continued to recover following a severe head injury sustained while skiing and is now "stable", his spokeswoman has said.
– Sabine Kehm
Michael's condition has been supervised all night and has remained stable, overnight and also now.
The good news for today is that we do not feel it necessary to hold a press conference because there are no significant changes.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sent his best wishes to Michael Schumacher, after the former racing driver's serious ski accident two days ago.
Schumacher is still in an induced coma, and has undergone brain surgery, after the accident in the French Alps.