Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Schumacher urges probe into crash at Sinapore Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore September 22, 2012.

PABLO SANCHEZ/REUTERS

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher Sunday said he was determined to get to the bottom of a brake failure that caused a dramatic crash and put him out of the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver said despite pumping hard on the brakes, he was unable to prevent himself from ploughing into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso in a smash that left his car partially airborne.

The most spectacular collision of an incident-packed grand prix put both drivers out of the race on lap 39.

Story continues below advertisement

"At one point I couldn't accelerate and then I went hard on the brakes and tried to brake as hard as was possible, but the accident wasn't recoverable," Schumacher said.

"Obviously I feel sorry for Jean-Eric... but we need to find out what happened."

Vergne, who sportingly put his arm around Schumacher after the crash, called it a shame but refused to be angry with the veteran German.

"I was pretty focused on overtaking (Sauber's Sergio) Perez. I had a good move on him and at the end, braking, I just got hit by Michael," he said.

"It's done, I have nothing to say. It's just a shame. It doesn't make any sense to be pissed off about it."

The crash prompted the second safety car of the race, after a mishap involving HRT's Narain Karthikeyan. There were several other near-misses and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was forced out with a mechanical problem while leading.

The race was preceded by a sombre minute's silence for Formula One doctor Sid Watkins, who died this month and was credited with vastly improving safety standards in the high-speed sport.

Story continues below advertisement

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.