Michael Schumacher is adamant that son Mick will not follow in his motor-racing footsteps, preferring him to play either golf or tennis.
Schumacher has won seven world titles during a glittering career in Formula One, with his last five at Ferrari.
But his glorious reign is poised to end this weekend in Ferrari's home grand prix in Italy as Schumacher trails drivers' championship leader Fernando Alonso by 40 points with only five races remaining.
Should the 24-year-old Spaniard finish ahead of Schumacher, that will ensure the 36-year-old German, who lies third in the standings, will become nothing more than an interested spectator for the rest of the season.
Many observers are viewing the demise of Ferrari and Schumacher as the end of an era but, as far as Schumacher is concerned, it will not be his six-year-old little boy who takes up the mantle. Michael would hate to see Mick continually compared to his dad in years to come.
"It's tough to imagine my little one following in my steps," said Schumacher, who started out in karting at the age of four.
"If you think about what you guys [the media] would ask him and the pressure for him to get out of my shadow.
"It would be such a heavy burden and I don't see any reason to push him towards racing unless it's what he wants.
"I'd prefer it if he played golf or tennis."