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F1 | Miami GP | Vettel and Schumacher reflect on late-race collision: "We should have done better"

Contact four laps from the end denied Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher potential points in Miami.

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F1 | Miami GP | Vettel and Schumacher reflect on late-race collision: "We should have done better"
Fuente imagen: Aston Martin F1 Team

Good friends Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher had a collision at the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, ending the opportunity for both German drivers to finish in the points.

Schumacher attempted a move on Vettel into turn 1 at the start of lap 54 as he looked to overtake the four-time World Champion for P9. Vettel had just passed Ocon and Schumacher after both ran a bit deep at the precarious turn 17 while battling for position.

However, as the Haas tried to pass, the pair came together. Vettel spun and was forced to retire with damage, while Schumacher needed a front wing change.

The stewards investigated the incident after the race and neither driver received a penalty as they believed both had a played a role in the collision.

Speaking to MotorLAT and other media outlets after the race, the Aston Martin driver called it a “shame” that they collided.

“I don’t know, I need to have a look. It’s a shame we both made contact and both didn’t score any points. We should have done better. I need to have a look again.

"I thought I had the corner and was in front, I didn't expect him. Then when I saw him, it was too late. But it's bitter for both of us, of course."

Schumacher also gave his views on the contact in the media pen after the race.

"I don't really know. It's obviously super difficult to see things in the rear-view mirrors of these cars," he said. "It was a very unfortunate way to end the race today."

"I don't know. I tried not to go super deep, tried to leave a bit of room, but clearly it was a bit too tight."

Told Vettel wasn’t angry with him, Schumacher called Vettel a valuable friend and there was no hard feelings.

“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.”

On a positive note, the younger German produced quite possibly his strongest weekend in Formula One as he outpaced Kevin Magnussen in qualifying, was ahead of his teammate in the race and was on course for his first F1 points before his clash with Vettel.

“I think that the pace was there,” said the 23-year-old. “Even keeping Esteban [Ocon] in the Alpine behind on C4s definitely showed that we had great pace and also on that C2 we were able to stay with the guys ahead, and especially with Fernando [Alonso]. It all was looking good but unfortunately the last few laps were a bit chaotic.”

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