Schumacher's son Mick wins European F3 title

Rex Christensen
October 14, 2018

Mick Schumacher has secured the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title at Hockenheim.

With one race left this season, the 19-year-old Schumacher finished second in the day's second race at Germany's Hockenheim circuit to leave him with an unassailable lead in the drivers' championship. "I'm absolutely delighted", said Schumacher, whose first win came relatively late in the campaign and at his father's favourite Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

His first win of the campaign came as late as the 15th round, which was contested at Spa-Francorchamps, the circuit on which he had driven a demo lap in the 1994 Benetton B194 F1 championship-winning vehicle the year before.

Before Monday's (NZ time) finale, Schumacher has moved 51 points clear of his nearest rival, Britain's Daniel Ticktum, and can no longer be caught in the third-tier racing series to clinch the first title of his young career.

During the final lap Schumacher tried to attack in order to close the race and begin the celebrations in style with victory but Estonian Juri Vips held on to win.

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

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The former Ferrari driver's privacy is closely guarded at the family's home in Switzerland.

In 2014, Mick junior finished the karting season second overall in the German, European and world championships.

Finally racing as "Mick Schumacher", he stepped up to F4 racing in 2015.

Schumacher dominated the second half of the season and won eight races on the way to his maiden motorsport title, including a run of five in a row across weekends at the Nurburgring and Red Bull Ring.

It also qualifies him to race in Formula One next season, although there are few vacant seats available and the next obvious step would be Formula Two.

In 2016, Schumacher junior finished second in both the German and Italian F4 championships and a year ago when he stepped up to the F3 championships he was 12th with just one podium finish.

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