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Schumacher Jr. second in kart championship

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world Formula One champion Michael, ended up finishing second in this season's German junior kart championships after losing the lead in Sunday's final round.

Schumacher Jr. second in kart championship
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The 15-year-old, who finished runner-up at the world championships in France last month having won the European title, was eighth in the final round of races, leaving main rival David Beckmann to finish fourth and win the overall German title.

Junior Schumacher's success on the karting track this season comes as his 45-year-old father Michael recovers from a major head injury after six months in a coma following a skiing accident in December in the French Alps.

Having raced under the surname of Betsch, his mother Corinna's maiden name, Mick Schumacher adopted the name Mick Junior this season and finished runner-up to British youngster Enaam Ahmed in the FIA's junior category world championships in Essay, France, in September.

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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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