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Schumacher son to make Formula four debut

Mick Schumacher will race in Germany. Credit: PA

Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son, Mick, is to make his Formula 4 debut on Saturday.

While his seven-time world champion father continues to recover privately from a life-threatening skiing accident at the end of 2013, Mick Schumacher will drive his Van Amersfoort car in Oschersleben, Germany.

It is to be a debut under the Schumacher name for the teenager, who has previously driven under his mother's maiden name in go-kart racing.

Schumacher's son joins Formula 4 team

Michael Schumacher's son Mick has signed for a Formula 4 team, it has been announced.

The 15-year-old Schumacher has joined Van Amersfoort Racing following of a winter of testing with the team, which comes after finishing runner-up in the world, European and German karting championships.

Mick Schumacher could follow in his father's footsteps. Credit: PA

Team owner Frits van Amersfoort said: "In the last couple of years, it has become a tradition for us we offer the runner-up from the German junior karting championship a test session in our simulator.

"This is handled by the DMSB, the German motorsport authority, and that is how we first got in touch with Mick Schumacher last autumn.

"He spent a full day in the simulator at our headquarters in the Netherlands, then we witnessed him during a test session at Valencia.

"Eventually, we reached an agreement to compete together in this year's Formula 4 series."

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Schumacher 'better' but remains paralysed

Schumacher faces a lengthy road to recovery. Credit: PA

A friend of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has revealed the 45 year-old is making progress, but remains paralysed in a wheelchair without the ability to speak.

"Schumacher is better, but everything is relative," former F1 driver Philippe Streiff told F1i Magazine.

"He can't speak. He is paralyzed and is in a wheelchair. He has problems with memory and speech. As soon as he is with his family again, he will be able to recover faster, but it will be difficult."

Schumacher spent six months in a medically induced coma after suffering severe head injuries from a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.

Michael Schumacher 'waking up very slowly', son says

Michael Schumacher is "waking up very slowly" following his horrific skiiing accident, his teenage son said.

Schumacher, 45, left hospital in September to continue his recovery from severe head injuries at home.

Michael Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in the skiing accident last December. Credit: Reuters

French F1 commentator Jean-Louis Moncet told Europe 1 radio station: "I saw his son [Mick Schumacher] and he told me that Schumi is waking up very slowly; very slowly.

"Although things are going at a slow pace, he has a lot of time, I would say he has his whole life in front of him to get back on track."

Moncet also revealed that a Go-Pro camera may have caused the former Formula One Champion more harm in the accident in France last December.

"The problem for Michael was not the hit, but the mounting of the Go-Pro camera that he had on his helmet that injured his brain."

Michael Schumacher discharged from hospital

Michael Schumacher Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Michael Schumacher has left the Lausanne Hospital to go home according to a family statement.

The former F1 champion had been discharged from the intensive care ward of a hospital in Grenoble in June after suffering series head injuries in a skiing accident in December last year.

In the latest statement his family said there is still a "long and difficult road ahead."

"Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," said the brief statement issued by manager Sabine Kehm.

Man accused of leaking Schumacher files found hanged

A man suspected of leaking Michael Schumacher's medical files has been found hanged in his cell, prosecutors in Zurich said.

Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. Credit: Reuters

The man, who was not named but described as a manager at Swiss helicopter company Rega, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of violating patient privacy and medical secrecy.

Prosecutors said there was no indication a third party was involved in the death.

Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in the French Alps last year, was transferred from Grenoble hospital to University Hospital of Lausanne on June 16 after emerging from a coma.

His patient details were kept anonymous.

Last month the French daily newspaper "Le Dauphine Libere" reported that leaked documents were being offered to European media for some 60,000 Swiss francs ($67,200).

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