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Mika Häkkinen has revealed that his son, Hugo, will not be following in his footsteps after choosing to pursue a career in professional football rather than karting.

The sons of several of Häkkinen's rivals have progressed through to motor sport, with Max Verstappen in Formula 1, Aurélien Panis in Formula Renault 3.5, Giuliano Alesi having tested in GP3 and Mick Schumacher a winner in German Formula 4.

However, Häkkinen says that his 15-year-old son will not be attempting to emulate the double World Champion's achievements in motor racing.

"Hugo tried karting, and he was good, but it was not his passion," said the Finn in his final McLaren blog.

"He is 15 now, and his passion is football. He is committed to trying to become a professional football player and I will support him in that.

"I do not mind that he will not become a professional racing driver, although I would have supported him if that is what he had wanted. You support your kids like that, don't you?

"Anyway, it is tough for a racing driver to be the son of a double Formula 1 World Champion, because it makes things harder as well as easier – just ask my old friend and rival Damon Hill."