The racing stewards rate the crash as a racing accident and do not impose any further sanctions – also because Vettel with the resulting failure and Schumacher with 15th and last place are probably already punished enough. “Both drivers contributed to the crash, but neither is wholly or mainly responsible for it,” the verdict says.
“I’m disappointed for Mick and for me. It’s stupid for both of us and I’m sorry that we’re out,” says Vettel. “As a result, we both lost a good chance of scoring points today, which is very bitter,” explains the man from Heppenheim and, looking at the crash, admits: “I thought I was in front of the curve and didn’t expect it there. When I When I saw him, it was obviously too late.”
Unlike on the track, Vettel and Schumacher miss each other in the mixed zone after the race, but both insist that they want to talk to each other about the incident in a timely manner. “We will definitely talk about it,” announces Schumacher and even thanks his friend: “It’s nice that I can always learn from him. He’s so valuable to me as a friend.”
“It almost reminded me a bit of his father,” says Sky England expert Martin Brundle after an overtaking maneuver against AlphaTauri pilot Yuki Tsunoda at the beginning of the race. He is impressed by Mick’s performance in Miami: “It’s one of his best races so far. He’s been good on this track all weekend and is on par with Kevin Magnussen (teammate; ed.), although he’s currently like that is in great shape.”
For Schumacher, however, the praise is only small consolation: “It will definitely remain a strong race. Nevertheless, the result counts. We have a good car and were on our way to the points, so of course I’m disappointed that we didn’t finish”, explains Schumi Jr. and hopes for the future: “We have to manage not to always get into such difficult situations.”
The same applies to accident opponents and compatriot Vettel. Because even before the start on Sunday, the Aston Martin star is completely screwed up: Because the team makes a mistake with the fuel cooling, he and teammate Lance Stroll have to drive out of the pits. After that, things are difficult for the Heppenheimer: “It was difficult to overtake, I thought it would be easier here,” reveals Vettel.