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Hugo Hakkinen quits karting for football career

Mika and Hugo Hakkinen in the paddock during the 2002 season BATCHELOR/Sutton

It's unlikely there will be another Hakkinen on the F1 grid any time soon.

Fifteen-year-old Hugo Hakkinen, son of double world champion Mika, had been racing in karts for several years, achieving mixed success at a cadet level in France. Father Mika won back-to-back titles for McLaren in 1998 and 1999 but Hugo has decided his future lies away from the race track.

"Hugo tried karting, and he was good, but it was not his passion," Mika wrote in his McLaren blog. "He is 15 now, and his passion is football. He is committed to trying to become a professional football player and I will support him in that. I do not mind that he will not become a professional racing driver, although I would have supported him if that is what he had wanted. You support your kids like that, don't you?"

"It is tough for a racing driver to be the son of a double Formula One world champion, because it makes things harder as well as easier - just ask my old friend and rival Damon Hill. So, football it is for Hugo, with my maximum support. I am there for him."

Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen are currently the only second generation Formula One drivers on the grid. Carlos Sainz's father of the same name was a former world rallying champion but never competed in F1.