Supporters of the 50-year-old German race ace unfurled a 30-metre long banner in the grandstands during the pre-season trials in the Spanish city. The flag, which reads “Michael forever”, was produced by members of the official Ferrari fan club from Italy. The moving show of support for Schumacher was a repeat performance by fans who also attended last year’s pre-season sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with their enormous red and white flag.
Schumacher is still receiving private round-the-clock care in a purpose-built medical facility at his home in Switzerland.
The record-breaking seven-time world champion suffered a traumatic brain injury in a ski accident in the French Alps in December 2013.
He was placed in a medically induced coma for six months before leaving hospital in Grenoble, France, for further rehabilitation at the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.
In September 2014 he was relocated to his Swiss mansion where treatment has continued.
There were glimmers of hope for fans earlier this year when it emerged Schumacher spent Christmas, New Year and his 50th birthday with his wife and children at the family’s luxury villa in Majorca.
He was flown from his home to the Spanish holiday island in a specially-adapted helicopter.
The villa features stunning sea views, two swimming pools, a helipad and large garden.
Schumacher has not been seen in public since his horrific accident but the latest update on Schumacher’s condition came from a German archbishop who said the driving champion still looks the same but his face had “become a little fuller”.
Georg Ganswein, an advisor to Pope Francis, said Schumacher “senses that loving people are around him, caring for him and keeping the overly curious public away”.
Schumacher’s family have kept his health immensely private and repeatedly said it is not a public matter, despite a huge outpouring of support from his millions of fans.