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Mick Schumacher finishes ninth on Formula 4 debut

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Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, has kicked off his German Formula 4 career with an impressive ninth-place finish.

Schumacher qualified 19th for Van Amersfoort Racing in Oschersleben, but made up ten places in Saturday's race to claim two points. The 16-year-old raced under his mother's maiden name, Betsch, during his successful karting career but has now switched back to using his iconic surname.

The younger Schumacher's performance this weekend was enough to be named the 'best rookie' for the first race, with two set to follow at the Germany circuit on Sunday. Team-mate Harrison Newey, the son of Red Bull technical chief Adrian, finished seventh.

Mick's father Michael, the most successful driver in the history of Formula One, continues to recover from the head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in December 2013. The German is currently undergoing private care at the family home in Switzerland.