It was on lap 53 of the first-ever Miami Grand Prix when friends and compatriots Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel collided as they battled for 9th place, ending their chances of finishing in the points. And while both drivers were frustrated at not finishing in the top 10, each didn’t blame the other for the crash.
Schumacher – who was looking for his first Formula 1 point – was battling Esteban Ocon for 9th place when he ran wide at Turn 17 which let Vettel through. Approaching Turn 1, Schumacher tried to slide inside in an attempt to regain position, but hit the inside of Vettel’s car as the Aston Martin driver spun around the corner.
“I didn’t expect it, let’s put it that way,” said Vettel, who started the race from the pit lane after pre-race fuel temperature issues for both Aston Martins. “Obviously a shame that we made contact and both of us are out of the running, out of the points. It’s a shame.
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“I’m disappointed for Mick and myself obviously that both of us lost a good opportunity to score points today,” added Vettel. “I don’t know, I wasn’t expecting it, I have to see it again. When I saw him, it was obviously too late, so we made contact.
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For his part, Schumacher said he was looking forward to speaking with his mentor about the incident.
“Obviously it’s hard to say and hard to judge from inside the car,” Schumacher said. “So I have to wait and see how it looks from the outside. But I’m sure it will be good for me as well to see what Seb thinks. We’ll just have to move on from here.
Said in his media pen interview that Vettel had shown no anger towards him for the move, meanwhile Schumacher replied: “No, the same from my side. It’s good that I can learn from him, he’s so precious to me as a friend, so yeah, we’ll see. Obviously, we’re all runners.
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Schumacher performed well throughout the race – and although the German leaves Miami without his first F1 points, he believes Haas can take a lot of positives from the Grand Prix.
“I think the rhythm was there,” Schumacher said. “Even keeping Esteban [Ocon] in the Alpine behind on the C4s definitely showed that we had a good rhythm and also on this C2 we were able to stay with the guys in front, and especially with Fernando [Alonso]. Everything was looking good but unfortunately the last laps were a bit chaotic.
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