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Michael Schumacher offers his house in Vufflens-le-Chateau for sale. The seven times F1 World Champion moved to the nearby Gland not too long ago with his family, so he is now trying to get rid of their old house. The price he is offering it for is 8.7 million Swiss Franks, however because of the economical crisis he could not find a buyer yet. So he is also ready to rent it out for 29 000 Franks monthly.

The house for sale

The house for sale

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Theres reason to champagne

There's reason to champagne

According to the Forbes magazine Kimi Räikkönen is the second richest sportsman int he World now. The Ferrari driver has an annual income of 32 million euro from Ferrari plus sponsors. He shares that second place with basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. But they are nowhere near to the guy who is still the top earner: Tiger Woods’ annual income is 78 million euro.

Looking at Kimi’s performance in F1 since 2007 I have to say his managers must be really clever guys: it must be an art to get so much money for so little performance (sorry, Kimi fans).

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Mark Webber

Mark Webber

Nico Rosberg is heading to Ibiza, while championship leader Jenson Button will spend some of F1’s rare three-week break before the next race holidaying with his girlfriend in Tokyo.

Australia’s Mark Webber, however, is taking the opportunity to have some surgery, following his winter cycling accident.

“I’m having the two locking screws at the bottom of my right shin taken out,” the Red Bull driver said after finishing second in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Webber, 32, said the main titanium rod is staying put.

“The bone has recovered sufficiently for the screws to be removed, which is great news.

It’s not a big operation, just a local anaesthetic,” he explained.

Afterwards, however, he has scheduled some rest and relaxation prior to the German Grand Prix in mid July, starting with taking in the British Speedway action in Cardiff next Saturday.

The next day, he will be trackside at Donington Park for the British round of World Superbikes.

“I’ve ridden bikes for longer than I’ve raced cars, so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Webber

http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/090623095127.shtml

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Jessica and Jenson

Jessica and Jenson

Jessica Michibata planning ahead 21/06/09 12:01

Jenson Button would celebrate winning the world championship by proposing marriage, his girlfriend has revealed.

Japanese model Jessica Michibata, 24, has accompanied the Brawn driver to most of the races in 2009.

She told the British tabloid The People: “If Jenson wins the title in November we will celebrate a lot and it will be by him getting down on one knee.”

Currently, Jessica is based in Tokyo while Briton Button, 29, lives in Monaco.

“He flies me first class to meet him whenever we can grab time together,” she admitted.

http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/090621120139.shtml

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Raquel and Fernando

Raquel and Fernando

A couple of weeks ago Fernando Alonso told journalists that he would go to this year’s Le Mans 24 hours race as a visitor, because he got interested in that form of racing (perhaps an alternative for him if F1 falls apart next year?). The famous race took place last weekend, but Fernando was nowhere to be found. He cancalled the visit citing „family reasons”.

According to fans the family reason is probably a minor operation that his wife, Raquel del Rosario went under. The singer of the Spanish pop group El Sueno de Morfeo announced on her official website that she calls off some of her concerts due to a minor health problem that had to be solved by operation. It’s nothing serious, the tour will go on soon.

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Motorsport is a dynastic sport, at least racing drivers are often followed by their children into the sport. I have made a research on sons and daughters of famous or less famous F1 drivers and where are they with their career progress.

It’s not just the sons

Vanina Ickx: She is the 34-year-old daughter of racing legend Jacky Ickx. She started racing at the late age of 21 and she never made it into F1, but she had a fairly successful career in sportscars and other series.

Vanina Ickx

Vanina Ickx

As a special mention Bruno Senna: He is not a “son of” but a “nephew of”. By now we all know him and he may be the next guy who steps into F1 with a famous name. But what a name it is! It certainly won’t be an easy burden on Bruno’s shoulders.

Bruno Senna

Bruno Senna

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Motorsport is a dynastic sport, at least racing drivers are often followed by their children into the sport. I have made a research on sons and daughters of famous or less famous F1 drivers and where are they with their career progress.

What’s up with other “sons of”?

Michael Andretti: The classical example of failing to live up to a great name – at least in F1, because in IndyCar he was successful.

Marco Andretti: Michael’s son. Already the third generation of the Andrettis. He is still only 22, so who knows, maybe he will get his chance in F1. In IndyCar he has won a race and took a pole position.

Marco and Michael Andretti

Marco and Michael Andretti

Greg and Leo Mansell: Nigel Mansell’s sons. Greg is 21 and Leo is 23. Theoretically they still would have time to make it into F1 but I will be very surprised if they do. Last year they were racing in the Atlantic Championship and finished an unimpressive 10th (Greg) and 19th (Leo) overall. Leo is taking part at the Le Mans 24 hours race right now.

The Mansell boys with their father

The Mansell boys with their father

Nicolas Prost: The son of Alain Prost. He is now 27, so he will hardly ever make it into F1. To be fair to him he only started to race after finishing his studies at the age of 22. He won races in the 2006 and 2007 Spanish F3 Championships and his biggest success as a driver was winning the Euroseries 3000 Championship last year, but that’s hardly something that will catapult him into F1. Like Leo Mansell he too is racing in Le Mans now.

Alain and Nicolas Prost

Alain and Nicolas Prost

Mathias Lauda: He is also 27, last year he was racing in DTM, scoring only one point. His manager is his brother Lukas.

Mathias Lauda

Mathias Lauda

Christian Jones: 29-year-old son of 1981 WDC Alan Jones. It has to be noted that he is an adopted child. As a teenager he was a fairly successful kart racer back in Australia. He also had some good results in feeder series like the Australian Formula Ford Championship where he finished 2nd in 1998, the Asian Formula Three Championship which he won in 2004 or in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia where he finished 3rd. But of course his age makes it not very probable that he will ever end up in F1.

Christian Jones

Christian Jones

Joshua Hill: 17-year-old son of Damon Hill. He finished 3rd in the 2008 Ginetta Junior Series and won the Ginetta Junior Winter Championship.

Damon and Joshua Hill

Damon and Joshua Hill

Alex Brundle: 18-year-old son of ex-driver and commentator, Martin Brundle. Currently he is racing in the new Formula Two series. He was born on the 7th of August, 1990. He started his career in 2006 in the British T Car series where he finished 8th with two podium finishes. Later that year he participated in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy. In 2007 he moved to the Formula Palmer Audi championship and later in the year returned to the Autumn Trophy. 2008 saw his second season in the  Formula Palmer Audi championship where he finished sixth overall with three podiums and his very first pole position.

Alex and Martin Brundle

Alex and Martin Brundle

Max Verstappen: 11-year-old son of Jos Verstappen. He is racing karts. Currently he was in the news for finishing 2nd in his first international kart test in Spain.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Mick Schumacher: 10-year-old son of Michael Schumacher. Although Michael is always trying to downplay the chance that his son may follow his footsteps, but that’s probably just to take away from the pressure that might be on him because of his name. In fact, little Mickey does race karts regularly! 2009 is his second season in the Bambini class of the famous Kerpen Club Championship. He has made great progress since last year and he is often on the podium and sets very fast laps but he is yet to win a race. Last time he was close sencond twice though.

Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher

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