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Son of Schumacher wins his debut F4

2015-04-28 07:32

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Mick Schumacher sprays Champagne on the podium after winning a Formula 4 race. Image: AP / Jens Wolf

ALAN BALDWIN

OSCHERSLEBEN, Germany - Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula 4 with the first victory of his motor-racing career on Sunday (April 26 2015).

He was driving for Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing, lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start.

HEAD INJURIES

Mick Schumacher now leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship after ending the 30-minute race behind the pace car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.

The teenager, whose seven-times Formula 1 champion father suffered severe head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident in France, made his single-seater debut on Saturday with the world's media in attendance.

He finished ninth in that race from 19th on the grid and was awarded a trophy and podium appearance as the highest-placed rookie.

Schumacher jnr said after that debut: "All in all I am pretty satisfied about how the race went. We had three safety (pace) car phases and (I had) pretty good restarts.”

He finished 12th in the second race on Sunday with the grid reversed for the finale so that he started second.

WORLD JUNIOR KARTING RUNNER-UP

He was lucky to have avoided being hit from behind at the start by British team mate Harrison Newey, teenage son of multiple title-winning Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey – a man with a chequered history of racing cars despite his brilliance in designing them.

His son was penalised with a drive-through penalty for jumping the start.

The German F4 championship is one of nine series around the world run to the same regulations to allow young racing drivers to learn their craft in similar cars.

Mick is also a World Junior Karting championship runner-up.

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