Sebastian Vettel Responds to Suggestion Mick Schumacher Rammed Into Him ‘on Purpose’

Published 09/12/2021, 4:16 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Sebastian Vettel did not have a good Italian Grand Prix. He was involved in some wheel-to-wheel battles in the whole race, but could not really make any progress. One battle involved Haas driver Mick Schumacher, who is a good friend of the German.

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For the second time in consecutive weekends, Mick and Seb got involved on the track. At Zandvoort, Mick blocked Vettel’s fast run at the end of Q1. But this time it was Vettel who touched the Haas driver and spun him around.

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With Mick, I think it was a misunderstanding: Sebastian Vettel

The Aston Martin driver explained he did not realize that Schumacher was so close to him and he misjudged the braking. He called the incident a misunderstanding.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“With Mick, I think it was a misunderstanding. I didn’t know he was so close. Of course, I braked in the first corner and just wanted to look at the exit, so it was a bit of a surprise for Mick. Nothing was done on purpose.” said Vettel on the incident with Schumacher.

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The 4-time world champion started the race in P9 but lost the positions at the start and dropped down the grid. He was P13 going into the first chicane at Turn 4 but stated that he saw many drivers cut the chicane and hoped that he could gain some places, but it didn’t pan out for him.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

“I think I did what I could and then I had to avoid the crash. It’s disappointing because there was a crash at the front. We couldn’t capitalize on that but as I said after that we lost 5 positions and basically never got them back.” said Sebastian.

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Vettel finished the race in P12 and mentioned that he cannot find any positives from the Italian Grand Prix.

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Can Vettel bounce back in Russia? Let us know.

 

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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