Tail Piece

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MICK Schu­macher, the son of for­mer For­mula One world cham­pion Michael Schu­macher, has be­come the first Ger­man driver to win the Eu­ro­pean For­mula Three Cham­pi­onship. Schu­macher, 19, fin­ished sec­ond in the sea­son’s penul­ti­mate race on the Hock­en­heim cir­cuit yes­ter­day. Be­fore to­day’s fi­nale, Schu­macher has moved 51 points clear of Bri­tain’s Daniel Tick­tum and can­not be caught in the se­ries. The ti­tle gives Schu­macher enough points to gain a su­per li­cence, al­low­ing him to com­pete in F1, but a move to F1 rac­ing next sea­son has been ruled out. In­stead, a move to For­mula Two or the Ja­panese Su­per For­mula se­ries is thought to be a pos­si­bil­ity. Schu­macher joins the likes of four-time F1 world cham­pion Alain Prost of France and for­mer F1 driver Ric­cardo Pa­trese of Italy to have won the Eu­ro­pean F3 Cham­pi­onship. Michael Schu­macher won the Ger­man F3 ti­tle in 1990 be­fore start­ing his F1 ca­reer a year later. The seven-time F1 world cham­pion ended his ca­reer in 2012 and has not made a pub­lic ap­pear­ance since suf­fer­ing se­vere head in­juries in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent in late 2013. | dpa

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