Wednesday 18 September 2019

Michael Schumacher's son emulates his father with emotional maiden Formula Two victory

Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing celebrates during the sprint race of the Formula 2 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing celebrates during the sprint race of the Formula 2 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Philip Duncan

Mick Schumacher admitted it was special to claim his maiden Formula Two victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix - a race his father won on four occasions.

The 20-year-old was cheered to the chequered flag by his mother, Corinna, sister and grandmother, in an impressive lights-to-flag win. Michael Schumacher's long-serving manager Sabine Kehm, who is guiding Mick's career, joined the celebrations on the pit wall.

Fifteen years after Michael last won at the Hungaroring during a career which yielded a record seven championships and 91 victories, the German national anthem was played to honour another Schumacher triumph.

"It is very special," said Mick, moments after his maiden triumph in Formula One's feeder series.

"Even thinking back to last year when I won my first Formula Three race at Spa, a track which my dad also liked.

"We found a little bird which apparently brings luck and it seems as though it has. I am very happy my family are here and I have their support. I will celebrate with them tonight."

Schumacher started from pole in the reverse-grid race, and led all 28 laps before crossing the line 1.4 seconds clear of Japan's Nobuharu Matsushita following a tense finale.

The youngster is a member of the Ferrari driver academy and tested for the Italian team earlier this year. His best F2 result before Sunday's triumph was fourth, and he is 11th in the championship.

"Whether I get into Formula One next year, in two years, or three years, I don't know," he added. "Only time will tell.

"The first win is the hardest but once you get that victory, it gives you a lot of confidence. I will do my best and try to learn as much as possible to be ready for the next step."

Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public since his skiing accident on the French Alps five-and-a-half years ago.

He is receiving medical care at the family home near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, but updates regarding his health have been few and far between.

To mark his 50th birthday in January, a statement from the family said they were "doing everything humanly possible to help" him.

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