It’s been five long years since Michael Schumacher sustained injuries after an accident on a skiing holiday in the Alps. Since then, his family have been very quiet about the racing driver’s recovery.

Tomorrow (Thursday January 2nd), the legendary Formula 1 champion will turn 50, and his family have revealed that they will be celebrating “his victories, his records and his jubilations.”

The celebrations kick off with the launching of the Michael Schumacher app, which will be used to access his previous records and achievements. They put the following post on Facebook, explaining their feelings and plans.

It reads as:

“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together. As a gift to him, you and us, Keep Fighting Foundation has created a virtual museum. The Official Michael Schumacher App will be released tomorrow, so that we can review all together Michael’s successes. The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments. We wish you a lot of fun with it.

“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we! That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation. We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.

“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy. At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019.”

He has inspired people on and off the track, so we hope you join us in a moment of thought for the great Michael Schumacher tomorrow.