Schumacher: No malice by Gelael in airborne crash

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Mick Schumacher believes there was no malice intended from his Prema Racing Formula 2 teammate Sean Gelael, who sent Schumacher into an airborne crash.

Schumacher: No malice by Gelael in airborne crash

On the opening lap of the Paul Ricard feature race on Saturday, Gelael struggled to slow enough at Turn 3 and crashed hard into the rear-right of Schumacher's car.

The German driver was sent into the air, and had a puncture immediately after landing. Gelael stopped immediately, while Schumacher made it back to the pits, but with too much damage to continue.

"There's not much to say today, what happened was very unfortunate," said Schumacher. "Still it is a shame, since we had a good start and looked confident that we would have fought for the top five.

"But then of course, nobody does something like that on purpose, especially not their own teammate. About the incident itself I cannot say too much, suddenly my car was lifted in the air and unfortunately it was too badly damaged afterwards.

"Obviously, I'm going to give all I have and try my best in the race tomorrow, then we'll see what we are able to achieve."

Gelael apologised to the team for the incident, which is being investigated by the stewards following the race.

"I had a good start, then Matsushita went wide at the exit of Turn 2. I had a good run and tried to get alongside him, with my front wing close to his rear tire.

"Just before the corner, in the kink, he moved a bit under braking and that caused me to go completely on the inside. As the inside was dirty, I was having trouble to brake.

"I tried as hard as I could to stay clear of trouble but I ended up T-boning Mick.

"In the end, it was a mistake from me maybe to try to overtake, but there was also a bit of movement under braking which caused me to be significantly more off-line than I should have.

"It was even more of a shame that it was Mick because we were in a good position. This is my first lap 1 incident this year. It's a bit annoying to make these kind of mistakes, it hurts and I'm sorry for the team."

shares
comments
Paul Ricard F2: De Vries triumphs in red-flagged feature race

Previous article

Paul Ricard F2: De Vries triumphs in red-flagged feature race

Next article

Raghunathan banned from Austria F2 round

Raghunathan banned from Austria F2 round
Load comments
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Prime

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place on the F1 grid

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Prime

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books Prime

How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype.

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive Prime

The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive

Having lost his backing from Red Bull, Richard Verschoor has had to graft to continue his ascent up the single-seater ladder. An impressive Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, despite the lateness of his deal, shows his unorthodox approach is paying dividends.

FIA F2
Apr 22, 2021
Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success? Prime

Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success?

Going into the 2021 Formula 2 season the biggest talking point wasn’t about any drivers or teams, but the new race weekend format. Created partly out of financial necessity but also to spice up the action, the Bahrain opener provided a snapshot of the positives and negatives to come.

FIA F2
Apr 4, 2021
Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs Prime

Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs

He was tipped for glory in FIA Formula 2 last year, but was hampered by reliability woes at inopportune moments. Guanyu Zhou knows he won't get too many more chances if he is to become China's first F1 driver, with fierce competition within the ranks of Alpine's junior stable

FIA F2
Mar 25, 2021
Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates Prime

Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates

Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, Motorsport.com has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene...

Formula 1
Feb 22, 2021
How Mick Schumacher earned his Haas F1 chance Prime

How Mick Schumacher earned his Haas F1 chance

Michael Schumacher may have won seven Formula 1 titles, but he didn't even compete for a crown at the second tier. Son Mick put that right in 2020, and proved to Ferrari that he was deserving of a shot at motorsport's elite category in 2021…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2021