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Sporting prowess is in the blood for Michael Schumacher's daughter after expert horse ride

Gina Maria's performance comes a few weeks after younger brother Mick began pre-season preparations for his first season in Formula Four racing.

Mick was with the F1 racing legend when he received massive head injuries in a skiing incident in 2013.

While Michael, 46, continues his long and arduous recovery in Switzerland, his offspring look to carry on the sporting legacy of the seven-times F1 world champion.

Gina Maria, 17, was competing in the NRHA European Futurity Horse Show in the German town of Kreuth.

She rode a number of different horses in the competition earlier this week and is expected to take part in the final this weekend if her strong form continues.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Mick has been impressing in his father's chosen sport and has reached a level just a few rungs below F1 standard. 

The rising star has already signed a deal with Van Amersfoort following success on the go-kart track, which he began racing in aged just nine.

Team boss Frits van Ammersfoort said: "Of course we know that his father is a seven-time world champion.

"But I want to emphasis that Mick will take the time to learn the trade of the racing driver."

Secrecy surrounds the progress of former Ferrari and Mercedes driver Michael, who suffered traumatic brain injuries in the accident in the French Alps after hitting two rocks while skiing.

He is currently being treated by medics at his home on Lake Geneva since leaving hospital in Grenoble, also in Switzerland, last June.

Latest reports suggest the driver has been left paralysed and unable to talk.

However, his family have not commented on his current health status.

Earlier this year the Schumacher's reportedly sold their holiday home in Norway for nearly £2million to help fund the F1 legend's treatment. 

Express
23/04
4 Points
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Sports Lewis Hamilton wary of Ferrari threat after historic pole

Hamilton is wary of Ferrari, despite qualifying 0.905 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel, who won in Malaysia. Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said Ferrari were "a real threat", adding that they needed "to be careful" in the race. Lewis Hamilton says he is concerned about the "threat" posed by Ferrari in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix despite taking his third consecutive pole.

Lewis Hamilton says he is concerned about the "threat" posed by Ferrari in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix despite taking his third consecutive pole.

Hamilton edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to join Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as the only drivers to score five or more poles at one track.

Hamilton is wary of Ferrari, despite qualifying 0.905 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel, who won in Malaysia.

"It's not over by any means," he said.

"The Ferraris are very good. They are not that far behind pace-wise so they could still be a threat with their long-run pace.

I have to make sure I do lots of work to make sure I finish where I want to.

"There is a long, long race ahead of us, so I am just trying to keep myself calm.

"They are maybe able to go a lap longer and Nico is going to be very quick in the race as well."

However, he admitted he felt he did have the speed to win the race - held in the cavernous and often smog-filled Shanghai International Circuit, which begins at 07:00 BST on Sunday.

"I think we do potentially have pace on them on the long runs," Hamilton said.

Hamilton's pole was his fifth in China.

The Briton has looked imperious in Shanghai so far this weekend, topping all practice sessions other than the first part of qualifying, when the only reason Ferrari beat him was because Mercedes did not use the faster 'soft' tyre and the Italian team did.

But Vettel's victory in Malaysia, which was founded on their more gentle usage of tyres and doing one fewer pit stop, has created a sense of concern and alert at Mercedes, despite their obvious pace advantage.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said Ferrari were "a real threat", adding that they needed "to be careful" in the race.

The team's technical boss Paddy Lowe added: "Our competitors have strong pace and we will have our work cut out."

Lowe added that the decision not to use the 'soft' tyres in the first part of qualifying was based on keeping unused tyres for the race, which is a small but potentially important advantage.

BBC
12/04
2 Points
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PICTURED: Michael Schumacher's son follows in dad's footsteps as he begins road to F1

Mick Schumacher, 16, made his official pre-season testing debut this afternoon in the German Formula Four -  a division a few rungs below F1.

The racing prodigy signed a deal with Van Amersfoort racing last month and stepped into the team's car at Germany's Oschersleben track.

His father, a record-breaking seven-time F1 champion, is currently recovering from a ski accident that left him with severe brain injuries.

Although Mick's debut in the F4 car was greeted with a lot of media attention in Germany, his new boss warned against putting much pressure on him.

Frits van Ammersfoort said: "Of course we know that his father is a seven-time world champion.

"But I want to emphasise that Mick will take the time to learn the trade of the racing driver."

Mick first began his burgeoning motor sport career when he started go-kart racing at the age of nine.

His father, who holds the record for the most race wins and pole positions in Formula One history, started go-karting at the age of four.

There have been very few updates on the 46-year-old's health since his ski accident.

In December 2013, the F1 legend was left in a medically-induced coma after a horror incident in the French Alps.

He suffered traumatic brain injuries in the accident and required immediate surgery.

Last June, he left the hospital in Grenoble, Switzerland he was being treated at after his family said he was no longer in a coma.

However, since then updates on his condition have been few and far between.

It has been reported the ex-Ferrari and Mercedes star has been left paralysed and unable to talk following the ski accident but those reports remain unconfirmed.

Express
08/04
4 Points
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Sports Mick Schumacher: Expectations must not be 'built too high'

Michael Schumacher's manager has called for expectations to be kept in check as the seven-time F1 world champion's son begins his career in Formula 4. "I'd like to ask that the expectations on Mick aren't built too high," Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said. Mick Schumacher, 16, runner-up in the German kart championship last season, completed his first public test for the Van Amersfoort team on Wednesday. The F4 season begins at Germany's Oschersleben circuit on 26 April.

Michael Schumacher's manager has called for expectations to be kept in check as the seven-time F1 world champion's son begins his career in Formula 4.

Mick Schumacher, 16, runner-up in the German kart championship last season, completed his first public test for the Van Amersfoort team on Wednesday.

"I'd like to ask that the expectations on Mick aren't built too high," Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said.

The F4 season begins at Germany's Oschersleben circuit on 26 April.

Mick Schumacher was kept away from reporters who had assembled to see his official debut, in which he finished eighth, fifth and 12th out of 33 drivers across three sessions.

His father, who is continuing his rehabilitation following a serious skiing accident in December 2013, is the most successful driver in F1 history, with seven world titles and 91 wins in a 307-race career.

Speculation over Mick Schumacher's F1 prospects will be high as he embarks on his single-seater career, but Kehm added: "You instantly think of Formula 1 when you hear the name Schumacher.

"Mick certainly has that in mind, but we have to take this step-by-step, he first of all has to learn to handle the Formula 4 car."

BBC
08/04
1 Points
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Sports Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg heed Sebastian Vettel warning

The German, who moved to Ferrari from Red Bull for this season, said the intense heat in Malaysia had weakened Mercedes and made Ferrari able to challenge them. Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have said they must consider Ferrari as title rivals following Sebastian Vettel's win in Malaysia. "We were better than we looked but even in free air we couldn't have held a candle to them in Melbourne," Allison said.

Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have said they must consider Ferrari as title rivals following Sebastian Vettel's win in Malaysia.

Hamilton, who was beaten into second place, said: "We were not expecting them to be as quick as they were. Vettel is up there with us."

Rosberg added: "Ferrari and Sebastian were the best today so they are a title contender - both Ferrari drivers."

Vettel said he needed to wait before concluding he could mount a challenge.

The German, who moved to Ferrari from Red Bull for this season, said the intense heat in Malaysia had weakened Mercedes and made Ferrari able to challenge them.

"They probably struggled a little more with the heat than they expected and we didn't struggle as much as we expected," the four-time world champion said.

"It made us able to beat them fair and square. China [the next race] is a completely different track. We expect them to be strong - they are the ones who set the pace."

Ferrari technical director James Allison, who has masterminded the Italian team's turnaround following their worst season for 21 years in 2014, pointed out that Mercedes had dominated the first race of the season in Australia two weeks ago.

"We were better than we looked but even in free air we couldn't have held a candle to them in Melbourne," Allison said.

"There is a lot of work for us to do before we can come to a race weekend confident we can hunt for a victory from the first session of the weekend.

"But we do have an exciting development programme so it should be an interesting season to see if we can catch up and be genuine contenders at any weekend."

Allison rejoined Ferrari in September 2013, having held a more junior position during their dominant years with Michael Schumacher last decade.

"It feels good to win in any team but there is something absolutely fantastic about this team," he said.

"Every team works hard. At Ferrari they work especially hard. They also have the history and tradition of the team bearing down on their shoulders.

"Anyone who works there in a period when it is not successful is sort of cowed by that fact.

"Those are pressures they soak up and when that pressure is released by a day like this, boy does it feel good."

Malaysian GP results

Malaysian GP coverage details

BBC
30/03
7 Points
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