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Sebastian Vettel from Team Aston Martin drives ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher from Team Haas. © Wilfredo Lee/AP/dpa

After their bitter crash shortly before the end of the Formula 1 race in Miami, Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel promised a quick clarifying conversation.

Miami – “Of course that sucks for both of us. I’m sorry,” Vettel told Sky TV after the accident, which cost the two German pilots possible championship points. “I’ll definitely talk to him about it,” Schumacher announced. When the Haas driver tried to squeeze past his compatriot’s Aston Martin, a collision occurred on Sunday.

“When I see the pictures, I could have passed him better,” admitted Schumacher. For him, in his 26th Grand Prix, the first points of his young Formula 1 career were within reach. “I thought I was ahead in the corner. When I saw him, it was too late for both of us,” said Vettel, describing the situation from his point of view.

The Hessian had to start from the pit lane because of a fuel problem and had worked his way up to ninth place before the accident. He then gave up and was classified 17th. His compatriot finished 15th.

TV expert Ralf Schumacher saw both drivers partly to blame. “Mick has to try it there, but hesitates a little. He didn’t have to do that, it was his turn,” said the Haas driver’s uncle. But Vettel should have been more careful. “He has to look in the mirror sometimes, Mick can’t vanish into thin air,” criticized Ralf Schumacher.

His nephew tried to take the positives from the guest performance in Florida. “We have a good car and we have to manage not to always get into difficult situations,” said the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher. dpa

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