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Mick Schumacher’s F1 progress brings to mind tales of sporting daughters | Emma John

The young driver is of noble lineage but the likes of Laila Ali, Kim Clijsters and Elena Baltacha should also be celebrated

Poor Mick Schumacher – even his Wikipedia page can’t help itself. The first entry under his name reads: Not to be confused with Michael Schumacher. Which is a big ask when he’s your dad, and you’re about to have your maiden test drive for Ferrari. Mick was born 20 years ago this month, when his dad was still in the process of turning the Prancing Horse back into a title-winning prospect. In fact, only two weeks before the birth of his second child, his father Michael – with just the two world championships to his name back then – had watched his own little brother, Ralf, take third place in the opening grand prix in Australia, while he finished a lap down in eighth; the crash that would break his leg and ruin his 1999 season was still to come.

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