Could a third Schumacher grace Formula 1 with their presence in the near future?

Nine-year-old David Schumacher was snapped racing in go-karts Well, if by ‘near future’, you mean another ten years or so, then former F1 race-winner Ralf Schumacher has admitted that his nine-year-old son David could be on the road to motorsport’s top echelon.

Cologne’s Express newspaper published pictures of David (left) – nephew of the seven-time World Champion Michael – behind the wheel in a competitive go-kart outing.

David currently races for Gerhard Noack’s karting team, headed by the same man who discovered the talents of both elder Schumachers, and that of Sebastian Vettel later on.

“How could a father who has lived that world forbid his son?” Ralf asked rhetorically when the matter of his son following in his footsteps was raised.

“Whether he wants to do motor racing seriously one day, I leave it to him. I will support him completely even though it’s a hard world full of tough people.”

And Ralf’s wife Cora added: “We’ll have to see if he has the same passion for it in the coming years.”

But David could be in competition with his older cousin, Mick (12), the son of Michael who is also racing go-karts.

Indeed, there are a multitude of younger-generation aspiring drivers who are the sons of former F1 pilots, and a few look well on their way to moving up the ladder towards Formula 1.

In the GP2 Series, the likes of Jolyon Palmer (son of Jonathan) and Johnny Cecotto Jr (son of Johnny Sr) are just one category off the top shelf, while Alex Brundle (son of Martin) is competing in Formula 2.

Conor Daly (the son of former F1 driver Derek) will be juggling two championship series, racing in the Indy Lights championship as well as GP3.

The British F3 scene will see Kevin Magnussen (son of Jan) try to emulate his father’s championship-winning feats in the same series.

Also, much has been made of the talents of Max Verstappen (son of Jos), who is quite the prodigy in karting.

[Image via Express]

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Richard Bailey

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