Michael Schumacher

Reigning Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has been appointed an ambassador of San Marino, a statement on Ferrari's official website announced. The 34-year-old German driver, who has won five world titles, was offered the role by the Republic on the Italian peninsula on the basis of his previous humanitarian work for Unesco and charity.

"I feel honoured and proud to have been nominated as an ambassador of the Republic of San Marino," the 34-year-old told reporters at a ceremony. "This appointment is a further impetus for the work I already do," he continued.

"Unfortunately, it is a fact that many people need our help. In particular, our attention, compassion and support are needed to help children who are not able to help themselves."