The Malta Independent 11 November 2019, Monday

Formula 2: Mick Schumacher wins his first F2 race at the Hungarian GP

Associated Press Sunday, 4 August 2019, 17:08 Last update: about 4 months ago

Mick Schumacher won his first Formula Two race at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The son of Formula One great Michael Schumacher started from pole position for the Prema Racing team and finished the 28-lap race ahead of Japanese driver Nobuharu Matsushita and Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara.

"I am just so happy. (It was) quite hard. Obviously the tires were degrading," Schumacher said. "Amazing race."

Michael Schumacher, the seven-time F1 champion, won four races on the same Hungaroring circuit — in 1994, '98, 2001 and '04 — among his record 91 in F1.

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The younger Schumacher is racing in his first F2 season. The 20-year-old German is part of Ferrari's driver academy and is tipped for a future move into F1. He test-drove a Ferrari F1 car this year in Bahrain.

"Having the first victory in F2 is a great thing," he said. "Whether I go to F1 next year or in two years or maybe three, I don't know."

His father drove his last race for Ferrari in 2006, at Interlagos in Brazil. He retired but returned to F1 with Mercedes for three more seasons in 2010. An avid skier, Schumacher was skiing with his son in the French resort of Meribel in December 2013 when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open the helmet.

Doctors worked to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Schumacher's condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged. But updates on his health have been scarce since he left the hospital in September 2014 to be cared for privately at his Swiss home by Lake Geneva.

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