Michael Schumacher, hailed as one of the most illustrious drivers in Formula One history, has turned 50 today. To celebrate the occasion, the family of the seven-time F1 world champion issued a press statement, assuring fans that the racing great is being cared “in the very best of hands,” reports Reuters.

The statement reads “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.”

Born on January 3, 1969, the German retired from racing in 2012 and has never been seen in public following his skiing accident in late-2013. At the time, he suffered serious brain trauma and was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble in a state of coma. He was discharged six months later and resumed rehabilitation at an undisclosed location, before being cared for at his home in Switzerland. Since the accident, Schumi, as he is affectionately known, has been bedridden and unable to speak.

Schumi’s family has also launched the official Michael Schumacher app (click here to download), which enables fans to review all his career successes. “The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments,” the family said. The Keep Fighting Foundation, a global non-profit initiative inspired by Michael Schumacher, also created a virtual museum.

“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we… we want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.” Schumacher won his first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before bagging five in a row with Ferrari between 2000-2004. He remains the sport’s most successful driver, with a record 91 grand prix wins.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, now a five-times world champion with 73 wins, may be on track to match his title tally if he continues his current rate of success.