Mick Schumacher caps car-racing debut with win

Updated 11:57 AM EDT, Sun April 26, 2015
(CNN) —  

His father would be so proud.

There was a familiar sight for motorsport fans as a smiling Schumacher splashed champagne on the podium.

Not Formula One legend Michael, who is still recovering from serious head injuries suffered in a 2013 skiing accident, but his teenage son Mick – who impressed on his debut in the new F4 series.

The 16-year-old was named best rookie for his heroics on the first day of racing at the Oschersleben track, between Hanover and Berlin and rounded off the weekend Sunday with a superb victory.

Starting second on the grid, he took the lead and controlled the race from the front without making any mistakes.

His victory followed a 12th place in the morning racing.

“Of course, I’m over-joyed, my first weekend of racing couldn’t have gone any better,” Schumacher said.

“All in all, I am completely happy over the start of the season and I am looking forward to the next race.”

With Michael Schumacher still recovering from a serious head injury suffered during a skiing accident in December 2013, his father Rolf Schumacher has been at the circuit to watch his grandson race.

Schumacher has previously raced karts under the surname Betsch – his mother Corinna’s maiden name.

His Van Amersfoort teammate is the son of another famous F1 name, Harrison Newey, whose father is the Red Bull team’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey.

The F4 series has been introduced as a stepping stone from karts to Formula Three – the format in which Michael Schumacher was a champion before going on to win a record seven F1 titles with Benetton and Ferrari.

Its patron is four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has followed the path of his idol Schumacher by joining Ferrari this season.

“These guys are going to be racing at a high level, and I’m sure that I’ll be seeing some of them eventually in Formula One,” Vettel said Thursday.

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