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Schumacher Admits to Debut Deceit

Sunday August 19th, 2001

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher cast his mind back a decade on Sunday and related how his wily manager misled team boss Eddie Jordan to secure his Formula One debut.

Schumacher secured his fourth world title with a record-equalling 51st win at the Hungarian Grand Prix but he delved into ancient history at a news conference to recall Willi Weber's breakthrough.

The German was brought in by Jordan for the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix after Belgian Bertrand Gachot was arrested for assaulting a London taxi driver and Weber persuaded Jordan to give his man a go.

"People thought I had raced there (Spa) in sports cars and that's what my manager told Eddie Jordan at the time just to get me the drive," said Schumacher. "But that wasn't quite true. I had two laps' experience before with a bicycle."

Schumacher's debut was still phenomenal, with the German outqualifying his Italian teammate Andrea de Cesaris for seventh on the grid. That was the last race the future champion raced for Jordan, Benetton moving fast to sign the driver who would win titles for them in 1994 and 1995.

Published at 17:20:24 GMT

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