Haas driver Mick Schumacher has no hard feelings with Sebastian Vettel after the two came together in the closing stages of the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.
Both drivers were running in the points late on as the 23-year-old sought to score his first points of the season, but he went for an overly ambitious move into the first corner, much like Fernando Alonso on Pierre Gasly earlier, and the two friends collided, sending them both down the order.
Each blamed the other over the radio as Vettel wondered “which gap” his compatriot was going for, while Schumacher insisted that it was “my corner” before the four-time champion turned in.
Once everything had cooled down, Schumacher said he would need to see an alternate angle to decipher who might have to shoulder more of the responsibility.
“It’s hard to say and hard to judge from inside the car so I will have to wait and see how it looks from the outside,” he told Sky Sports.
“It will be good for also to understand what Seb thinks about it, we just have to move on from here.”
The 2020 Formula 2 champion confirmed that he had not seen his friend and mentor since the conclusion of the grand prix, but he agreed with Vettel’s previous affirmation that there are no ill feelings between the two following the collision.
“[The] same from my side. It’s nice that I can learn from him and he so valuable to me as Friend and obviously we are all racers,” added Schumacher.
The late crash was a shame for Schumacher, who was running in the top 10 and on for his first ever Formula 1 championship point while keeping his head above water in the extremely tight midfield battle.
“I think that the pace was there and even keeping Esteban in an Alpine behind definitely showed that we had great pace and also on that C2, we were able to stay with the guys ahead, especially with Fernando,” he explained.
“So all was looking good, unfortunately the last few laps were a bit chaotic.”
Vettel did not want to apportion blame to either driver after the race, affirming that it was “stupid for both of us.”