For these father and son duos, the world of F1 racing is a truly family affair. We take a look at some of the most famous racing parents of the past and the present, with children who followed in their footsteps – some with more success and some with a whole lot less.
Keke Rosberg was a Finnish F1 driver who competed in the early 80s. Despite not winning a world championship or major title, his son Nico took that on for him. Driving under German citizenship and not Finnish, Keke went on to win the 2016 World Championship.
Sometimes the story is the other way round, as it was for the Piquets. Father Nelson won three World Championships during the 80s, whilst his son Junior caused a scandal when he crashed his car into a wall at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008 and failed to win any races in his career.
Also failing to live up to their father’s glory were Gary, Geoff and David Brabham, Australian racers who were active during the 1980s but gained very few honours between them. Father Jack, however, will always be known as the greatest F1 driver to come out of Australia. Ouch.
The most tragic pair on this list. Father Manfred was killed in a race in Canada in 1985, whilst son Markus was forced into early retirement after just one disastrous F1 appearance in 2007.
Both father and son have enjoyed success, with dad Jos enjoying a long career from 1994 to 2003. He now mentors son Max, who is expected to achieve even greater things, with many predicting him as World Champion this year. If you want to get the best view of this somewhat erratic future superstar, then be sure to book your place at the Monaco F1 Paddock Club with edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-monaco.
Looking forward, much is expected from Michael Schumacher’s 19-year-old son Mick, who is entering F1 this year after great success in karting and F2. Whether he can live up to being the son of the world’s most famous F1 driver is another thing. His dad, on the other hand, has expressed a preference for his son to play golf for a more stress-free life!