Ex-F1 Team Boss Reveals His Bitter Pushing & Shoving Incident With Michael Schumacher at Spa

Published 08/24/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
IMOLA, SAN MARINO ITALY: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the qualifying session for the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Fans across the world know Michael Schumacher as the iconic seven-time world champion. When they see the German in highlight reels, his dominance with Ferrari often comes up in conversations.

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While Schumacher put on displays of composure and class, he also let his anger flow through at times. One of the most memorable moments of this occurred at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, where he had a confrontation with Jordan’s owner, Eddie Jordan. Recently, the 73-year-old spoke about that exchange.

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During the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher led the wet weather race by more than half a minute. However, his race ended in stunning fashion when the rain limited his visibility as he crashed into David Coulthard’s McLaren.

This opened the door for Damon Hill and Michael’s brother, Ralf to record a historic one-two for Jordan. Following the crash, Schumacher was visibly frustrated, rushing to confront the Briton in the McLaren garage.

However, very few know he had a heated conversation with Eddie Jordan as well. Despite the seven-time world champion making his debut with Jordan in 1991, he took to shouting at Eddie instead of congratulating him.

Appearing on the F1 Nation podcast, the Irishman recalled Schumacher’s outburst that marred their excellent result that day. He said, “It was a double-whammy for me because Michael Schumacher wanted to fight with everybody. 

“He came to me, and I thought he was going to put his arms around me, and say, ‘Look, I’m so happy for you. You’ve won, first and second.’ But no, that’s not Michael. Michael wanted to shout at me, was swearing at me. And I can swear with the best of people, so I started to push him.”

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During the confrontation, he revealed the German threatened him by saying his brother wouldn’t race for them the next season. “He said, ‘That’s it. You’re never going to have my brother next year,'” recalls the 73-year-old.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN: Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)

Despite Jordan mentioning his release clause, he revealed he received the amount from Michael. He said, “I said, ‘It’s very simple. Have a look at the contract, which you’re very good with, looking at contracts. There’s a buyout clause, it’s two million quid. Pay me the two million quid, and you can take your brother wherever you like.’ And that’s what he did.”

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After the 1998 season, Ralf Schumacher joined Williams in the 1999 season after this infamous incident.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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