2015年4月24日星期五

Michael Schumacher's son Mick set for Formula 4 debut

  • Mick Schumacher makes his Formula 4 debut this weekend in Germany
  • For the first time, he will use his own name rather than his mother's name 
  • His father is still recovering from a ski accident at his home in Switzerland
  • Schumacher Snr, seven-time Formula champion, won a record 91 races 

The 16-year-son of Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One champion, is set to make his debut in the same sport this weekend.

Mick Schumacher will compete in the Formula 4 category, in what is regarded as a stepping stone for junior drivers hoping to reach the top.

By doing so, he will follow in the footsteps of his father - who is still recovering from a ski accident at his home in Switzerland - who won a record 91 races in Formula 1. 

Mick Schumacher - who bears a striking resemblance to his father, Michael - makes his debut in the ADAC Formula 4 series in Germany this weekend

Mick Schumacher - who bears a striking resemblance to his father, Michael - makes his debut in the ADAC Formula 4 series in Germany this weekend

Schumacher Junior will drive under his own name for the first time in his career when he races this weekend

Schumacher Junior will drive under his own name for the first time in his career when he races this weekend

Schumacher Jnr is part of the Van Amersfoort Racing team competing in the 2015 ADAC Formula 4 series. 

He will start on the grid in 19th position out of 38 tomorrow and will take part in two more races on Sunday.

For the first time in his career, he will drive under his own name. Previously, when taking part in go-karting, he had used the maiden name of his mother, Corinna, to avoid media attention.

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda said: 'Of course, the public will be watching him, thanks to his father, and that is a huge burden for him.' 

Van Amersfoot Racing team managing director told Bild: 'We are all pleased with how things are going. Mick makes few errors.

'The talent is there, the preparation is there, the intelligence is there.

'We are proud to have a big name race for us, but the name alone won't bring us any points. We'll all have to work hard for those.'

Schumacher Junior is pictured in the garage

The first race of the season takes place on Saturday

Schumacher Junior is pictured in the team garage ahead of the first race of the season on Saturday

Michael Schumacher pictured during Formula One testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain in December 2007

Michael Schumacher pictured during Formula One testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain in December 2007

Gerhard Berger, an Austrian former Formula One driver and rival of Schumacher SNR, feared the boy's name could become a burden. 

'It's quite tough for Mick to be treading in his father's footsteps,' he said.

But he expected Schumacher Jnr to have a successful career in the sport. 

'I know him a bit and he's a good lad, with both feet on the ground and the racing bug within him. He grew up in this environment and it is his life. He's not in any danger of being imbalanced by it.'

He also thought it could give him something to focus on other than his father's grave condition, which has had a devastating affect on his life.

The pair were skiing on the Meribel slopes in France in December 2013 when Schumacher Snr fell and cracked his head on a boulder. 

Schumacher celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Grand Prix in March 2004 - he is still recovering from a skiing accident in December 2013

Schumacher celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Grand Prix in March 2004 - he is still recovering from a skiing accident in December 2013

He emerged from his induced coma in June last year, and left hospital in September.

Despite the intensive therapy he has been receiving at his home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, his condition is believed to be extremely serious.

Tents have been erected around his house so the media cannot photograph him in his wheelchair.  

Schumacher Jnr finished second in the world, European and German kart championships last season and signed a contract with Van Amersfoort Racing to drive in the Formula 4 in March.

He will link up with team-mate Harrison Newey, the British 16-year-old son of Red Bull designer Adrian.    



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