April 25, 2015

OSCHERSLEBEN, Germany (AP) The teenage son of former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher made a strong debut at Formula 4 level on Saturday.

After starting in 19th position for the Van Amersfoort team, Mick Schumacher finished ninth to earn the best rookie award.

The 16-year-old Schumacher says in comments reported by news agency dpa, ''Of course I'm happy that I could catch up. I didn't even think that I was best rookie. After my qualifying yesterday and starting position I'm really satisfied.''

It was the first of three races on the season-opening weekend.

Schumacher's father won a record seven Formula One titles and 91 Grand Prix in a stellar career. Michael Schumacher is still recovering from serious head injuries suffered in a skiing accident on Dec. 29, 2013.

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