A sport that runs through the veins of a family is nothing new. Several modalities, of the most varied genres, have their representatives. Today, speed has been chosen, more precisely the Formula 1 category of motorsport.
Under the fans.com listed nine parents and children who have acted (or still act) as drivers in F1. They are presented in alphabetical order, and the name on the left is the parent:
Mario Andretti and Michael Andretti
One of the most famous surnames in American motorsport. Mario was champion in 1978, for the extinct Lotus team. Recently, he affirmed his desire to have his own team in Formula 1.
In the category, his son Michael had a disappointing time, competing in only 13 Grands Prix (with seven retirements) in a single season, that of 1993, for McLaren. His best position was a third place. His biggest highlight was in Formula Indy (being champion in 1991) and the Indianapolis 500, in which he is the owner of the victorious Andretti Autosport team.
Graham Hill and Damon Hill
Graham has one of the longest careers in F1, having raced for 17 years (between 1958 and 1975). During this period he won the championships in 1962 (by the extinct BRM) and 1968 (by Lotus), in addition to being nicknamed Mr Monaco for their results in GP. With five victories in Monte-Carlo in the 1960s, his mark was not surpassed until 1993, by Ayrton Senna. The Briton’s career could have lasted longer had he not died in 1975 in a plane crash.
His son Damon took back-to-back runners-up in 1994 and 1995, until, 21 years after his father’s death, he lifted the trophy for Williams. Until 2016, when Nico Rosberg was champion, Graham and Damon Hill were the only father and son to be champions in Formula 1.
Jan Magnussen and Kevin Magnussen
The Danish duo had little success in the category. Jan raced in 1995, 1997 and 1998, racing in 25 races for McLaren and the late Stewart. His best result was a sixth place finish in 1994, as a test driver. It gained prominence in longer duration races (called endurance events), in the Gran Turismo class.
Kevin made his F1 debut in 2014 with McLaren. Without great results in the category, he is currently defending Haas, alongside Mick Schumacher.
Satoru Nakajima and Kazuki Nakajima
Satoru was the first Japanese driver to complete a season in the main motorsport category, in 1987. Debuting at the age of 34, he was a teammate of Senna at Lotus, but continued in Formula 1 until 1991 , without ever getting on the podium. However, 1990 was a special year: during the Australian GP, in pouring rain, the driver had a good race and finished in fourth place, setting the fastest lap. It was only the second achieved by a Japanese in F1 history.
For Williams, from 2007 to 2009, Kazuki also never reached the podium. However, with the nine points scored in 2008, he became the third Japanese to score more points in a season, behind his own father (16) and Takuma Sato (44).
Nelson Piquet and Nelsinho Piquet
Decades before he was embroiled in the recent controversy, Nelson Piquet was one of the greats of his time and of sport. Champion in 1981, 1983 (with Brabham) and 1987 (with Williams), the Brazilian competed in more than 200 races in 13 years.
‘Nelsinho’ Piquet (or Nelson Piquet Jr.) didn’t have the same success as his father. Acting only between 2008 and 2009 in Formula 1, for Renault, his best result was a second place at the German GP, in his first year. The career of “Nelsinho” was marked by the controversial Singapore Grand Prix in the same year. The pilot admitted to having caused an accident on purpose for the benefit of his teammate at the time, Fernando Alonso.
Nelson Piquet’s son has won titles in Karting, Formula E and Formula 3.
Keke Rosberg and Nico Rosberg
Along with the Hills, Keke and Nico Rosberg are the only father and son to be F1 champions. Debuting in the category in 1978, Keke was Finland’s first world champion, in 1982 when he defended Williams. He decided to retire in 1986, a year after Nico was born.
His son started with the same Williams in 2006. At Mercerdes, he won second place in 2014 and 2015 to finally win the title in 2016. The same year he announced his retirement.
Michael Schumacher and Mick Schumacher
Seven times champion, holder of several records and countless unforgettable motorsport moments. Michael Schumacher made history and marked an era when he won five consecutive titles with Ferrari. At the end of 2013, a skiing accident plunged him into a coma, a state that continues to this day. Since then, there has been much speculation about the German’s state of health, but his family is extremely ‘closed’ on the subject.
Mick, meanwhile, started in Formula 1 last year, with Haas, and remains with the team. In the current season, he has 12 points.
Jos Verstappen and Max Verstappen
It is a famous case where “the pupil has surpassed the master”. Jos made his F1 debut in 1994 at the former Benetton. Initially as a test driver, he took part in his first GP the same year with his teammate at the time, Schumacher. In his first year, he achieved the best results of his career, having reached third place twice. He decided to retire in 2004.
In 2015, Max made a name for himself in motorsport by being the youngest driver in Formula 1 history and also the youngest to score, for the Toro Rosso team, at the age of 17. . The following year, his career took a real turn when he signed with Red Bull. At 18, he became the youngest driver to win a race. Last season’s champion, the Dutchman leads the current edition in hand, with 233 points so far, 60 ahead of second-placed Charles Leclerc.
Gilles Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve
At the end of the list, comes the Canadian Gilles. Although he only raced between 1977 and 1982 (the year of his death), the driver is one of Ferrari’s great idols. In 1979, he was runner-up, losing to then-teammate Jody Scheckter.
After a few years in the lower categories, Jacques made his F1 debut in 1996, where he raced for 10 years. His big moment came the following year, when he overtook Schumacher and was champion for Williams. In 2005, he teamed up with Brazilian Felipe Massa at Sauber.
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