Hungarian GP steward Derek Warwick says Schumacher should have been black-flagged

Michael Schumacher came close to being disqualified from the Hungarian grand prix following his move on Rubens Barrichello, according to race steward Derek Warwick.

Ex-F1 driver Warwick, who acted as an advisor to the Hungarian stewards at the grand prix, said Schumacher would have been back-flagged had there been more time left in the race to set “a better example to younger drivers”.

Read more on Schumacher's apology to Barrichello

Warwick told the BBC: "Throwing a black flag would have shown a better example to our young drivers. But by the time we got the video evidence we ran out of time and we had to do it retrospectively."

Warwick also expressed disappointment over Schumacher’s initial handling of the incident.

"We interviewed Rubens and Michael and it was kind of disappointing how Michael handled it, and we had no option but to give him a 10-place penalty," he said.

"If we had enough laps [we could have disqualified him] but you have to have video evidence and make sure all four stewards are in agreement. You have to view the evidence you have and you could disqualify him from the next grand prix, or two grands prix.

"But we felt a 10-place penalty is a big penalty to carry for Spa. It kind of puts him out of the race at Spa, and hopefully he will learn from that and remember that the new stewards will not tolerate that driving."

Read the full report of the Hungarian GP

The move came on lap 66 of the race when Barrichello, having just stopped for fresh tyres on his Williams, tried to overtake Schumacher on the main straight.

Barrichello moved to the right and pulled alongside Schumacher who continued to move across the track. Barrichello was able to get past but only by driving across the pitlane exit and drain having only just missed the end of the pit wall.

Schumacher refused to apologise initially, but has since said sorry to the Brazilian.

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4 August 2010

They should have had the balls to disqualify him from the next race, or even the season.

Shame on them.

To live is to drive

4 August 2010

I wonder if they decided not to disqualify him because it was the ONLY interesting moment of the race? Racing hasn't been the same since the Bentley boys retired.

4 August 2010

I know this is sacriledge, but get a copy of this week's Auto Express, go to the back and read the sports page, you'll find out a few things there! related to this story.

Peter Cavellini.

4 August 2010

[quote Lord Snooty]I wonder if they decided not to disqualify him because it was the ONLY interesting moment of the race? [/quote]

+1

The whole thing has been blown out of all proportion.

4 August 2010

And he's the catch $ of Bernie for this season.

He can't be disqualified or without licence for his grave fault.

They need spectators in the tribunes.

When we see the confiscation of the Vettel's victory...

4 August 2010

"Nearly - never did it."

4 August 2010

[quote Lee23404]

[quote Lord Snooty]I wonder if they decided not to disqualify him because it was the ONLY interesting moment of the race? [/quote]

+1

The whole thing has been blown out of all proportion.

[/quote]

No, it hasn't been blow out of proportion at all. Shumacher put both of their lives and others' at risk. It was the ugliest piece driving the sport has seen since Schumacher in Montreal or Hamilton last year in Monza. Has any current or ex F1 driver actually defended the move???? I've seen plenty condemn it. Schumacher was never actually able to race wheel to wheel. Look at any of his actual racing encounters with Montoya and you'll see the Colombian make a fool of him every time. Sure Schumacher won more because he was able to develop a team around him, develop the car etc. But as a racer Montoya was far superior, as was Alesi(the real rain-master). It's like comparing Alex Higgins to Stephen Hendry. One was a genius- the other is very good at what he does. Show me 1 move by Shumacher on anybody that matches any 1 of Montoya's moves on him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLfPZts08WQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giZu7-A2yS0&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEyVJJrKPk0


5 August 2010

It also makes it easier to win titles when your opponents get penalised for completely out-racing you and then you drive in to them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJJXIgnjug0&feature=related

5 August 2010

He should have stayed retired.

This year will be the thing that sticks in everyone's mind forever and he can look forward to a mobility scooter after some lessons on how to handle it

5 August 2010

Can we please stop this!, this Schumi bashing is getting tedious, everything has been said that can be said, lets just wait till the next race to see where it goes from there, eh?

Peter Cavellini.

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