Hakkinen's son starts karting career in Italy

Mika Hakkinen's 9-year-old son has begun a serious karting foray. Hugo Hakkinen, born at the end of 2000, made his debut recently at a round of the Italian WSK Master Series at Siena. He now races in the series' Mini class, open to youngsters...

Mika Hakkinen's 9-year-old son has begun a serious karting foray.

Hugo Hakkinen, born at the end of 2000, made his debut recently at a round of the Italian WSK Master Series at Siena.

He now races in the series' Mini class, open to youngsters between 9 and 12, wearing a white helmet with the light blue Finnish cross.

1998 and 1999 world champion Hakkinen, 41, attended the event with his new partner.

"Hugo is making good progress, but it takes a little bit of time to develop," said the Finn.

"We chose Italy to start off Hugo's karting, and I'm really happy with the choice," added Hakkinen.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Hugo Hakkinen