Hakkinen’s son Hugo chooses football over 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.