Probably the best-known example is Nico Rosberg in Formula 1. His racing career typically began in karting and continued through the junior formula series to the The premier class of motorsport. The Wiesbadener has this season with Michael Schumacher as a teammate at M ercedes GP probably the greatest challenge of his career ahead of him and has to prove himself as a good racing driver. If he wants to catch up with his father in terms of success, he still has to work on himself. Because Keke Rosberg's account has a Formula 1 world championship title.
Nelson Piquet junior or Mathias Lauda cannot build on the success of their fathers
Nelson Piquet junior no longer competes in Formula 1, but still races. He has gained notoriety since the fateful Renault Crashgate scandal. His father Nelson Piquet was world champion in Formula 1 in 1981, 1983 and 1987. Successes that the youngster will probably not achieve any more. However, Bruno Senna is not the son of Ayrton Senna, who died in an accident in 1994, as many believe, but his nephew. Senna reminds of the former Formula 1 champion again and again just through the helmet design of his uncle.
Mathias Lauda also has a connection to Formula 1, but more through his father Niki Lauda, who is still a RTL commentator is always part of the Grand Prix circus. Lauda junior never made it into the premier class. The Austrian drove for Mercedes in the DTM in recent years. His handicap: He only started his racing career at the age of 21 and therefore had to make up an enormous amount of experience. Brother Lukas leads the management for Mathias.
Freddie Hunt hung up his helmet
The surname of an old companion of Niki Lauda wears Freddie Hunt. He is the son of James Hunt, who died of a heart attack. Hunt won the Formula 1 World Championship against Niki Lauda in 1976. However, the sons have not yet met on the route. Freddie Hunt decided to give up his racing career again during the 2009 season after taking part in several races for the Formula ADAC Mastershad.
That would not even occur to the Stuck clan. Hans-Joachim Stuck's sons continue the family tradition and, like their father and grandfather, are professional racing drivers. Johannes, the older of the two, competes in the endurance championship at the Nürburgring with an Audi R8 LMS for the Black Falcon team. Ferdinand Stuck is sponsored by Porsche and competes in the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup races. Nicki Thiim, son of the former DTM driver Kurt Thiim, also competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2009.
ADAC Masters popular playground for racing driver sons
Stuck's former too Contemporary Klaus Ludwig has a son who walks on his paths. Luca Ludwig did not gain any experience in karting, but took his first steps directly in the sports car. In 2010 he will sit in an Audi R8 LMS and take part in the ADAC GT Masters.
Daniel Abt, son of DTM team boss Hans-Jürgen Abt and nephew of ex-DTM driver Christian Abt, was also active . After several years in karting, the young racing driver was promoted to the ADAC Formula Masters and secured the title in 2009. This season he will compete in the ATS Formula 3 Cup.
There he will meet Kevin Magnussen, son of the former Formula 1 driver Jan Magnussen. The Dane starts at the Motorpark Academy team. Alex Brundle, son of ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle, is also involved in formula racing. He competes in British Formula 3. By the way, there are not only sons of racing drivers, but also daughters. Vanina Ickx, daughter of ex-Formula 1 driver Jacky Ickx, was an Audi works driver in the DTM in 2006 and 2007. Then the Belgian switched to sports cars.