It has been 25 years ever since Formula One legend Michael Schumacher grabbed his very first F1 victory at Spa-Francorchamps. It had been only 12 months since Michael made a debut in F1 – also at Spa. He loved that particular track and went on to bag six wins in that Belgian Grand Prix. And now the 25th anniversary of Michael’s first win has been marked with a special gesture – his son Mick was handed the keys to his dad’s Benetton B194, the car in which he took his first world championship title in 1994. By the looks of it, everyone present at the scene was quite emotional when Mick took his dad’s car out for a spin around the track at Spa.
“It was an absolute pleasure for me,” Mick told BBC Five Live. “No hesitation at all – I was so happy to do it. It was emotional. There is a lot of history here and for my father.
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017
“Amazing reception here – I have never seen so many people here so it was great. I always look back at my dad’s career but records are there to be broken so well done to Lewis Hamilton.”
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 27, 2017
Mick Schumacher began his career in motorsports in 2008, and to avoid any undue attention because of his father’s popularity, he debuted as Mick Betsch, using his mother’s maiden surname. He started off in karting in 2011 and had podium finishes to his name. In 2014, he entered international and national junior championships. By the end of 2014, he completed test drives for Jenzer Motorsport in a Formula 4 racing car.
In 2015, he started entering Formula races under his original name. Formula One fans must have big hopes from the young driving sensation, especially with F1 biggies like Ferrari saying that they would roll out a ‘red carpet’ if Mick Schumacher wanted to join their driver academy.
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