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Nicki Shields on whether baby son might become a racing driver

The presenter and husband Mark Sainthill welcomed Arthur in May.

Nicki Shields welcomed son Arthur in May (Ian West/PA)
Nicki Shields welcomed son Arthur in May (Ian West/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor

TV presenter Nicki Shields has said she hopes her baby son does not becoming a racing driver.

Shields, who fronts the BBC’s coverage of Formula E racing alongside Vernon Kay, said she would prefer son Arthur, her first child, to “pick something safe” as a career.

The TV star welcomed Arthur in May this year with husband Mark Sainthill.

Shields told Hello! magazine that she has been immersing her baby into the world of cars.

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Nicki Shields and her baby son Arthur (Hello! magazine)

She said: “When he was seven weeks old we took him to Goodwood Festival of Speed for his first car event and he went in a Rolls-Royce.

“I also took him in a Ferrari recently.

“I’d love him to be a car enthusiast. If he turns round and says he wants to be a racing driver I’d support him in whatever he wants to do, but I hope he doesn’t.

“I want him to pick something safe.”

Shields, who has a racing licence and has also hosted on ITV4 and Sky Sports F1, said the first six months of motherhood have “flown by in a flash”.

She added: “People always say they’ll be graduating before you know it, and I can relate to that now. You have to make the most of it.”

Shields revealed Arthur was born three weeks early and had a speedy entrance to the world, arriving via emergency Caesarean just an hour and 10 minutes after they had gone to hospital.

She said: “My midwife put her arm round me and we virtually ran into theatre.

“I’d planned a water birth but the emergency Caesarean was a brilliant experience, it was just a different one.”

Hello! magazine is out now.

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