Michael we can’t wait to see you back on this grass next year!

Nazionale Piloti Football Match, Louis II Stadium, Monaco, Tuesday 22 May 2012.

Formula 1 drivers and sports stars have paid tribute to their stricken former rival and their team’s football captain Michael Schumacher.

For years ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, seven time world champion Schumacher captained the Formula 1 drivers’ football team as they annually took on Prince Albert’s all-stars at the Stade Louis.

But in 2014, the Formula 1 legend was missing on Tuesday, as he continues to fight in France amid a long coma in the wake of his late December skiing fall.

According to the major German daily Bild, the Formula 1 drivers’ team – now captained by Fernando Alonso – made it clear that they missed Schumacher as they went against all-stars like top tennis player Novak Djokovic on Tuesday night.

On the electronic advertising hoardings circling the ground, a message repeatedly read: “Michael, we miss you! We can’t wait to see you back on this grass next year.”

Among those on the grass on Tuesday was Schumacher’s former teammate Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and impressive Russian teen rookie Daniil Kvyat, who scored a goal. The match ended 3-2 to the F1 drivers squad. (GMM)

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