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2015-03-15 10:56

RACING DUO: Michael Schumacher's 15-year-old son Mick (left) will partner F1 designer Adrian Newey's teenage son Harrison in the German Formula 4 series. Image: Van Amersfoort Racing

Michael Schumacher's son Mick kicked off his single seater career with a crash.

The crash occurred during pre-season testing for the 2015 German Formula 4 series at the Lausitzring circuit, Germany. He reportedly lost control of his F4 racer while travelling at 160km/h, report's German daily Welt.

The report said: "The accident was mild and he ended up unhurt in the gravel."


The very fact a 'mild' incident warranted a headline at all is a sign of what is to come for the young Schumacher, who was skiing with his father Michael when the F1 legend fell and injured his brain in 2013.

Former Mercedes chief Norbert Haug told the SID news agency that, in his karting career, Mick has shown "impressive talent and very good performance".

But "all the hype surrounding his name will not help him now", Haug said.

Sebastian Vettel, a close friend and protege of the great seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, agreed that sharing a surname with his famous father will be challenging for Mick.

Vettel said: "The switch from karting to cars is hard enough and his burden will be even bigger."


Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey's teenage son Harrison will partner Mick for the Van Amersfoort Racing team in 2015.

Team owner Frits van Amersfoort has worked with a number of top drivers, among them father-and-son Jos and Max Verstappen, said: "This has been one of the most pleasant weeks in our four-decade history. We're extremely honoured to have some of auto racing's most credible people choosing to entrust our team in the development of two promising young talents."

Newey snr has designed title-winning F1 cars for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull and is regarded as a design genius.

Michael Schumacher remains F1's most successful racer with 91 wins in a career in which he won five titles in a row for Ferrari after two with Benetton.

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