Schumacher Apologises To Hamilton After Free Practice Incident

Michael Schumacher has apologised to Lewis Hamilton after unintentionally blocking him in the closing stages of Free Practice yesterday.

With the session coming to an end Hamilton made a last-gasp effort with a flying lap only to come up behind Michael Schumacher, who was preparing himself for a flying lap and totally unaware of the McLaren closing in.

“I must apologise as I did not see him and was not informed he was there,” said Schumacher. “As I was planning my lap at that moment and looking ahead, I was unfortunately in his way.”

Lewis Hamilton was understanding about the incident, “It's very difficult out there to always find a gap, I saw him ahead of me, but thought he was on a lap, and all of a sudden he slowed down to create a gap to the guy in front.”

He added “Around here it's all about managing the gap between the guy in front and the guy behind, fortunately I missed him, so no hard feelings, and I hear he apologised anyway, so it's all good. There's no problem.”

Looking ahead to qualifying Hamilton admitted it wasn’t going to be easy, “It's going to be busy, but it's always very tricky to find a gap.”

“It is very important here to find a clean gap, but everyone is always backing up at the last corner, so it's a little like Monaco in that sense.“But the best will be able to find that gap.”