A silent vigil to mark the 45th birthday of Michael Schumacher is planned later today outside the Grenoble hospital where he is being treated.
The ex-Formula One champion, who received a visit from his former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt again on Thursday, is still in an induced coma after a near-fatal skiing accident.
Ferrari fans from across France and Italy are expected to travel by bus to Grenoble for the tribute.
Schumacher suffered severe head injuries last Sunday while skiing off-piste in the French Alpine resort of Meribel.
His condition has been described by doctors as critical but stable after two operations to remove blood clots on the brain and reduce swelling.
In an online message thanking fans for their support, Michael Schumacher’s family described the former racing driver as a ‘fighter’.