Tear gas, prison & Eddie Jordan: how Michael Schumacher got his big break

Back then, Gachot was an impressive young driver for the recently formed Jordan Grand Prix team. An argument with the driver ensued, with Gachot producing a can of CS gas and spraying it in his face. “I really didn’t think it was an issue,” said Gachot, now 58. At the time, CS gas was illegal in Britain – but Gachot did not realise the gravity of the situation. Gachot’s tormentor may have been teasing, but Schumacher was certainly making an impression. By the time Gachot had been released from prison, he had missed four grands prix and his seat at Jordan had been filled by Alex Zanardi.

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