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Ferrari to mark Schumacher’s 50th birthday with exhibition

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Schumacher practicing in Belgium in 2001.

FERRARI said its museum in Maranello is dedicating a special exhibit to Michael Schumacher, which is set to open on Jan. 3, 2019, on the occasion of the race driver’s 50th birthday. The car maker noted the exhibit is “intended both as a celebration and a mark of gratitude to the most successful Prancing Horse driver ever.”

It added Mr. Schumacher has a special place in Ferrari’s history because of his numerous records. Between 1996 and 2006 the German won five consecutive drivers’ titles, and is also credited for his “major contribution” to the Scuderia’s haul of six manufacturers’ titles over those years.

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The Champion in 2002.

Ferrari said its museum will look back over the seasons which the seven-time world champion (he won two titles driving for Benetton) gifted to Ferrari fans. The exhibition will also show Mr. Schumacher’s crucial contribution to the development of extraordinary GT cars in his years at Maranello as a driver and, later, as a consultant.

Called the “Michael 50” exhibition, it will benefit the Keep Fighting Foundation, a non-profit initiative for Mr. Schumacher, who was seriously injured in a skiing accident in France in December 2013.