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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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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.

Sons who surpassed or (almost) matched their fathers:

Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve: I think when asked who was the greater driver Gilles or Jacques Villeneuve many would choose Gilles. However statistically speaking Jacques managed to surpass his famous father and that’s a rare feat in F1 history. He is a WDC with 11 race wins, while Gilles won 6 races and never won a title. Of course, his early dead played its part in it.  

Here I also have to mention a third Villeneuve: Jacques Villeneuve Sr., the brother of Gilles, who also made it to F1, but without any success and for a very short period.

The favourite of many: Gilles Villeneuve

The favourite of many: Gilles Villeneuve

A Villeneuve with more success but a lot less pleasant character
A Villeneuve with more success but a lot less pleasant character
Jacques Villeneuve - the elder
Jacques Villeneuve – the elder

Graham and Damon Hill: Graham Hill is a two times F1 WDC while Damon won “only” one title. Yet, I consider Damon as a “son of” who managed to live up to his famous name. He and Jacques Villeneuve are the only ones of that kind…  And the Hills are the only father-son duo whose both members won a title!

Graham Hill

Graham Hill

The only son who emulated his father by winning a F1 title

The only son who emulated his father by winning a F1 title

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