Mercedes Formula One team has removed the 'Keep Fighting Michael' message from its 2017 race car and the team is defending its decision.
Mercedes has displayed the supportive message on its Formula One car since the former team driver Michael Schumacher's skiing crash in 2013. During the accident, he suffered severe head injuries that left him paralysed.
When Mercedes revealed its 2017 Formula One car, some fans noticed that the livery does not feature the Schumacher branding.
The Mercedes Formula One team spokesperson, in an interview with a German newspaper said, "It was removed to free the way for future usage of the message."
The spokesman added, "Now, 'Keep Fighting' is an initiative founded at the end of 2016 to encourage people based on Michael's legendary fighting spirit. Mercedes and the family of Michael Schumacher will work together on a variety of common activities, which will be communicated in time."
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