Motor racing: Schumacher's 15-year-old son to compete in Formula 4 this season

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher's teenage son is following in his father's racing footsteps after moving up to Formula 4 from kart this year, his new team said on Monday.

Mick Schumacher, whose father - a seven-time F1 champion - suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013 and is still recovering, will drive for Dutch outfit Van Amersfoort Racing.

"It is a tradition for us to have the runner-up of the German carting championship over and offer them a test at our simulator," said team owner Frits van Amersfoort.

"He spent a full day at the simulator at our headquarters in the Netherlands, then we saw him during a test session at Valencia and, eventually, we agreed to compete together in this year's Adac Formula 4 series."

The 15-year-old, who was the 2014 runner-up for the world, European and German kart titles, is the first driver named for the team's 2015 season.