Hakki­nen’s son Hugo chooses foot­ball over kart­ing

Motor Sport News - - Karting -

Mika Hakki­nen’s son Hugo has de­cided to end his kart­ing ca­reer and in­stead fo­cus on foot­ball.

The 15-year-old had achieved some suc­cess in French kart­ing se­ries but has in­stead de­cided to con­cen­trate on his am­bi­tion to be­come a pro­fes­sional foot­baller.

“Hugo tried kart­ing, and he was good, but it was not his pas­sion,” said the dou­ble F1 cham­pion on 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?

“Any­way, it is tough for a rac­ing driver to be the son of a dou­ble For­mula 1 world cham­pion, be­cause it makes things harder as well as eas­ier – just ask my old friend and ri­val Da­mon Hill.”

Hakki­nen achieved mixed suc­cess in French kart­ing classes. He started com­pet­ing in 2009, be­fore pro­gress­ing to the French Cadet cham­pi­onship, fin­ish­ing fifth in the se­ries in 2012. He also fin­ished fourth in the French Cup event the fol­low­ing year.

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