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Schumacher Jr follows in father’s tyre tracks

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael, has narrowly missed out on becoming a world champion himself.

Schumacher Jr follows in father's tyre tracks
Mick Schumacher competing at the CIK-FIA World KF-Junior Championship on Sunday. Photo: CIK-FIA

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The 15-year-old was runner-up in the Junior World Go-Karting championships held in the French town of Essay on Sunday.

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger reports that the teenager took first place in each of the five qualification races before the main event, allowing him to start in pole position.

But he was narrowly beaten to the finish line by Briton Enaam Ahmed in the world final.

Young Schumacher, who was registered with the race authorities as “Mick Junior”, wasn't completely satisfied with his performance.

“Of course I'm happy about such an important result,” he told Italian sports newspaper Gazetto dello Sport. “It's clear that my goal is to become world champion. But this is just the beginning of my career.”

Michael senior is currently undergoing rehabilitation therapy at his home in Switzerland after suffering a serious head injury while skiing in France last year and spending months in a coma in hospital.

He famously began his career in karting, winning many German and European championships in the early 1980s after he began driving aged just 12.

SEE ALSO: Schumacher leaves Swiss hospital for home

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BIRTH

Rosberg ‘overwhelmed’ by birth of daughter

Star Formula One driver Nico Rosberg confirmed on Monday that he and his wife Vivian are now the parents of a baby girl, saying the couple were “overwhelmed and totally in love”.

Rosberg 'overwhelmed' by birth of daughter
Formula One Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg with his wife Vivian. File photo: DPA

The Mercedes driver tweeted in both German and English to confirm the news of his “full moon baby girl” arriving.

And he added a thank you to staff at the Princess Grace hospital in Monaco in French, writing that they had been “fantastic”.

The Rosberg family didn't immediately say what they would choose to call their baby girl, their first child following their wedding in 2014.

But the Silver Arrows racer won't have much time to deliberate before he appears in Monza, Italy on Thursday in advance of the Italian Grand Prix next Sunday.

Whether Rosberg is able to better his second-place finish behind teammate Lewis Hamilton at last week's Belgian Grand Prix or buckles under the strain of new fatherhood remains to be seen.

But the 30-year-old from Wiesbaden may now have more important things on his mind than catching up the 28 points that separate him from Hamilton's 227 in the world championship rankings.

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