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Make way for Mick Schumacher

The young protege began karting seven years ago, and this year reached the German Formula 4 - a racing category used as a stepping stone by junior drivers.

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Updated: Apr 09, 2015, 06.44 AM IST
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Mick Schumacher made his official pre-season test debut in Formula 4 on Wednesday as he made his first steps towards single-seater racing in 2015. The 16-year-old, son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael, drew huge media interest to the Oschersleben circuit in Germany as he drove his Van Amersfoort car.

The young protege began karting seven years ago, and this year reached the German Formula 4 - a racing category used as a stepping stone by junior drivers.While this was the first time the public were able to check out Mick in action in his new car, his pre-season practice didn't quite go to plan as he was involved in a 100mph crash last month.However, German newspaper Bild reported that the crash was minor and Mick walked away from the accident uninjured. His father, who is still recovering from a December 2013 ski accident at his home in Switzerland, has won a record seven 91 races in Formula 1, and Mick's boss Frits van Amersfoort says the youngster will need time.

Of course we know that his father is a seven time world champion,' he said. 'But I want to emphasise that Mick will take the time to learn the trade of the racing driver.' Mick signed a contract with Van Amersfoort Racing to drive in the Formula 4 in March, and links up with team-mate Harrison Newey, the son of the Red Bull designer Adrian.

He finished second in the world, European and German kart championships last season. Earlier, ADAC - the German automobile federation that runs Formula 4 – had said Mick will not receive any special treatment as he follows his father's footsteps into car racing.

"Mick will be treated like any other driver," a spokesman had said. And Schumacher's boss Frits van Amersfoort added: "Of course we know that his father is a seven time world champion. But I want to emphasise that Mick will take the time to learn the trade of the racing driver." The F4 season begins at Oschersleben later this month.

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