File photo of Ferrari Formula One Driver Michael Schumacher of Germany Celebrates After Taking the Pole Position at the End of the Qualifying Session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir Racetrack in Manama
IN PHOTO: Ferrari Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir racetrack in Manama in this March 11, 2006 file picture. Reuters

Recently, Formula One, or F1, legend Michael Schumacher celebrated his birthday. Among those who sent their greetings and birthday wishes for his 46th birthday on Jan. 3 are German footballer Lukas Podolski and F1 team Ferrari.

According to the post on the homepage of Ferrari's official website, Schumacher spent his birthday at his home surrounded by his family, close relatives, and friends. Currently, Schumacher is going through rehabilitation in his Lake Geneva home.

"Michael Schumacher turns 46 today and everyone at Ferrari and his fans will be thinking even more than usual of the man who did so much on track to shine a spotlight on the Maranello marquee," the statement said. "Everyone at Ferrari and his fans around the world send all their best wishes and, as always, Forza Michael."

German footballer Podolski also greeted Schumacher on his birthday. Podolski shared a throwback picture of him with the seven-time world champion on Instagram. "Wishing my friend Michael Schumacher a happy birthday, keep fighting, #Schumi #keepfighting #friend," Podolski captioned the photo.

Reinan Ferling, who is the chairman of Schumacher's fans club in Germany, spoke with German news outlet Bild and revealed what their plans were for the F1 legend's birthday. Ferling said that they decided to release 46 balloons on Schumacher's birthday. Ferling added that they also had a little celebration at Kerpener pub.

In the latest development on Schumacher's rehabilitation, it has been revealed in an article by Italian media Corriere della Serra that Schumacher is reacting with tears when he hears the voices of his loved ones, especially his wife Corinna and children. The report said that there are moments when Schumacher has his eyes open, but seems to be looking at nothingness. Schumacher is reportedly able to recognise familiar faces. However, he is still unable to converse with them. In addition, Schumacher is also unable to make movements by himself.

More than a year has passed since Schumacher's skiing accident in the slopes of Meribel in the French Alps. As he continues his rehabilitation, his family, friends and fans continue to hope that the F1 racing champion will come out victorious in this tough battle.

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