Schumacher Jr Disconnects Radio Out of Frustration Mid-Race at Belgian GP

Published 09/01/2021, 5:39 AM EDT
MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 24: German DTM German touring car driver Ralf Schumacher of Mercedes Benz looks up during a news conference on April 24, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher is certainly one of the most respected F1 drivers on the grid at the moment and a lot of fellow racing colleagues have appreciated the German’s quiet nature. However, that isn’t the case with Ralf Schumacher’s son, David Schumacher, who lost his cool at the 2021 Belgian GP.

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The 19-year-old is currently competing in Formula 3 for Trident and encountered quite a heated moment with the team at the Belgian Grand Prix. The German qualified P5 for the succeeding race 1. However, his race hardly went according to plan, as he ended up seeing the chequered flag in P11.

Hence, it was undeniably a tough outing for Schumacher, who also had several close calls with a couple of drivers, and was fuming during the latter part of the race. Out of immense frustration, Schumacher ended up doing something unusual, an action that isn’t usually tolerated in F1.

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What did the F3 driver do at Belgian GP?

As reported by Motorsport Total, Schumacher apparently the radio, 4 to 5 laps away from the chequered flag to stop hearing his race engineer’s voice. Did he regret enforcing such an action?

Not at all. Schumacher reckoned that he was unbothered by whether Trident liked it or not. “Four or five laps before the end I disconnected the radio because I didn’t want to hear anything,” he said. “I don’t know if the team was happy with it. But, I was happier.

I don’t particularly like it when you talk to me during the race, especially when something isn’t going so well. Then I get really angry and my level of aggression increases,” David Schumacher continued.

Losing positions knocked me out: David Schumacher

The 19-year-old affirmed that losing a significant number of track positions ended up frustrating him. Hence, he needed some quiet time in the car during the latter parts of the race.

The fact that I lost so many positions because I made mistakes has knocked me out and the people talking to me on the radio frustrated me,” he said.

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Following a chaotic race 1 at Spa, Schumacher enjoyed a decent race 2, as the German secured P2, only behind his teammate, Jack Doohan.

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Overall, Schumacher is currently holding onto P10 in the driver’s standings ahead of Arthur Leclerc, having gained a tally of 49 points. Hence, with Doohan fighting for the championship at the top, can Schumacher pull off a strong end to the season and secure a top-5 finish for Trident?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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