Many an F1 fan would have let out an audible groan towards the end of the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, as Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher tangled in the final laps to see them both finish without championship points.
The German pair were both on course for a top ten finish on Sunday, with Vettel recovering well from a pitlane start after a problem with his Aston Martin car, whilst Schumhacher had looked strong all weekend in his Haas and would have been good value for his first-ever points in F1.
However, the two collided at turn one of the Miami GP circuit with a matter of laps left to go, and the damage that was caused meant Vettel had to return to the garage with floor issues and Schumacher had to get a new front-wing, with both unable to take any points from the weekend.
A chance of points is OVER for Mick! 😩— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) May 8, 2022
The Haas driver collides with Vettel and takes him out of the race ❌ pic.twitter.com/KaaC4oJ6la
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The two drivers are good friends off of the track, with Vettel taking it upon himself to try and help guide Schumacher, and so it was naturally interesting to hear how they both saw the incident post-race when speaking to the gathered press in Miami.
“I didn’t expect it, let’s put it that way,” said Vettel.
“Obviously a shame that we made contact and both of us out of the race, out of the points. That’s a shame.
“I’m disappointed for Mick and myself obviously that the two of us lost a good opportunity to score points today.
I don’t know, I did not expect him, I need to have a look again. When I saw him, it was obviously too late, so we made contact.”
Meanwhile, Mick said:
“Obviously, it’s hard to say and hard to judge from inside the car.
“So, I have to wait and see how it looks from the outside. But I’m sure it will also be good for me to see what Seb thinks about it. We’ll just have to move on from here.”
Schumacher was also told in the press pen that Seb had shown no anger over the incident, to which he said:
“No, the same from my side. It’s nice that I can learn from him, he’s so valuable to me as a friend, so yeah, we’ll see. Obviously we’re all racers.”
The respect remains, then, which is great to see. Let’s just hope both can get more points in the near future to make up for this.
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