Michael Schumacher's teenage son Mick moves up to Formula 4

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher`s teenage son is following in his father`s racing footsteps after moving up to Formula 4 from kart this year, his new team said on Monday.

Reuters| Updated: Mar 02, 2015, 18:34 PM IST
Michael Schumacher's teenage son Mick moves up to Formula 4

BERLIN: Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher`s teenage son is following in his father`s racing footsteps after moving up to Formula 4 from kart this year, his new team said on Monday.

Mick Schumacher, whose father -- a seven-time F1 champion -- suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013 and is still recovering, will drive for Dutch outfit Van Amersfoort Racing.

"It is a tradition for us to have the runner-up of the German carting championship over and offer them a test at our simulator," said team owner Frits van Amersfoort.

"He spent a full day at the simulator at our headquarters in the Netherlands, then we saw him during a test session at Valencia and, eventually, we agreed to compete together in this year`s ADAC Formula 4 series."

The 15-year-old, who was the 2014 runner-up for the world, European and German kart titles, is the first driver named for the team`s 2015 season.

His father is continuing his rehabilitation at home in the Swiss town of Gland after spending months in hospital following his skiing accident in December 2013.