Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Michael Schumacher's son Mick wins F3 European title

Michael Schumacher's son Mick wins F3 European title

Formula 3 has always been used a proving ground for future Formula 1 drivers, with Michael Schumacher winning the now-defunct German Formula 3 title in 1990.

Schumacher has taken the title with one race still to go, after winning eight races over the course of the year and dominating the second half of the season.

Daniel Ticktum, Schumacher's closest rival for the championship, finished fifth and the British teenager is now the only driver who can catch the German with two races left.

Schumacher had finished 12th on Saturday morning after an early crash forced him into the pits, but made no such mistake in the day's second race.

"You could see that perhaps I wanted it too much or had too much adrenalin", admitted Schumacher.

He then began a run of nine podium places of the next 12 races.

September was his golden month with five straight wins, three on Germany's Nuerburgring followed by the first two at Austria's Spielberg circuit to seize control of the drivers' championships.

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Born in March 1999, the year before his father won the first of five consecutive F1 world titles for Ferrari, Mick started his racing career in karting aged nine.

To avoid attention he raced as "Mick Betsch", using his mother Corinna's maiden name.

In December 2013 however the sporting icon suffered a major head injury while skiing in the French Alps and was put in a medically induced coma after undergoing two life-saving operations at Grenoble Hospital in France.

He remains the most successful driver of all time, the only driver with seven World Championships, and also holds the all-time records for most wins (91), most fastest laps (77) and most races won in a season (13).

That's one more racing title for the Schumacher family.

"What this team has achieved over the previous year is unbelievable".

Mick is now qualified to do the same but with few racing seats currently available in the highest racing class, could instead progress to Formula 2.

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