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Mick Schumacher drives an exhibition lap ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday.  (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Mick Schumacher drives an exhibition lap ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Marking the 25th anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s first Formula One win, his teenage son Mick drove demonstration laps in an old F1 car ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Mick Schumacher, who is 18, was in a 1994 F1 model of the Benetton B194 which his father drove that year to the first of his record seven world championships. The German driver’s 91 wins and 68 pole positions are also records, although Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton equaled the pole-position mark on Saturday.

“It was awesome,” Mick Schumacher said after applause from the crowd in Spa. “To be able to drive the F1 car is amazing and I’m really honored.”

He also paid tribute to Hamilton for matching his father’s pole record.

“I always look back at my dad’s career, but records are there to be broken so well done to Lewis Hamilton,” Mick Schumacher said.

Michael Schumacher won his first career race on the vast Spa-Francorchamps track nestled in the Ardennes forest in 1992. He also made his debut there the year before and has a special affinity with the track. He has a record six wins — one more than another F1 great, the late Ayrton Senna.

Mick Schumacher, meanwhile, is driving in the F3 championship, and is touted for a bright future. (The Associated Press)

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