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Michael Schumacher LATEST: F1 star’s legacy LIVES ON – nephew steps up in fitting tribute

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Michael Schumacher’s nephew David has gone into the family trade of racing driving

But today as the racing legend battles with health woes, his legacy lives on through his family, as his nephew, David, 16, became the fourth member of the clan to go into professional racing.

This year, David drove in Formula Four of the United Arab Emirates ace, the “Formula 4 UAE”. 

The F1 legend’s nephew is now preparing for a possible start in the German Formula Four.

The Schumachers clearly have racing in their blood, brother Ralf, 42, son Mick, 18, and now David moving into professional racing.

David’s father, Ralf, said: “It’s very exciting to be in the first race with David in Abu Dhabi.” 

The 16-year-old has been kart-racing so far, just like the other racers in his family.

And there are even more parallels: Michael’s son, Mick was in Formula Four a few years ago before joining Formula Three.

However, the younger generation have both set their ultimate goal – to follow in the famous footsteps of their racing fathers by joining Formula One.

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David drove in Formula four of the United Arab Emirates

David Schumacher said: “I definitely want to get into Formula One – and hopefully get far ahead with a very good team.” 

He will still be racing on the formula one track Yas Marina till Saturday. 

He added: “The fact that I’m celebrating my premiere on a Formula one course is, of course, all the better.”

Yet, success for the Schumachers is bitter sweet, as racing legend Michael continues to struggle.

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Both Ralf and brother Michael were world famous racing car drivers

The F1 legend, a seven times world champion, was put in a medically induced coma after a fall in the French Alps in December 2013.

He was skiing with Mick when he hit his head on rocks.

And, despite wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the German star spent six months in a coma after the accident and doctors said he had suffered blood clots on the brain.

Physicians said the F1 legend would almost certainly have died if he was not wearing head protection. 

Doctors described his condition as “extremely serious” after his admission to Grenoble Hospital where he underwent two life-saving operations.

In April 2014 Schumacher – who drove for Benetton, Jordan, Mercedes and Ferrari – was withdrawn from the coma and moved to a rehabilitation ward in Lausanne, Switzerland before being brought home to Germany in September 2014.

The Schumacher family have fiercely guarded their privacy since the accident – and have provided few updates to his army of adoring fans who want to know how he is doing.

No updates were given until April 2015, when it was announced Michael had shown “moments of consciousness and awakening”.

Three months later a statement was released confirming that the F1 champion was no longer in a coma and had left Grenoble Hospital. 

The F1 legend has reportedly got a 15-man medical team giving him around the clock care at his house in Geneva, Switzerland.

In December 2016, a statement from his manager and lawyer, Sabine Kehm, said: “Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard.

“We have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.”

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