Schumacher apologises to Barrichello for his driving in the Hungarian GP

Michael Schumacher has apologised to Rubens Barrichello for almost driving him into the pit wall during the Hungarian grand prix on Sunday.

After the race, Barrichello was critical of Schumacher’s driving, but the Mercedes driver said he didn’t feel that he had done anything wrong.

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Having now reviewed the incident, however, the seven-time world champion has now said he agrees with the stewards’ decision and apologised to Barrichello for the incident.

Schumacher wrote on his website: “Yesterday, right after the race I was still in the heat of the action, but after I watched the incident with Rubens again, I must say that the stewards were right with their assessment: the move against him was too hard.

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“I wanted to make it hard for him to pass me. I clearly showed him that I didn’t want to let him pass but... I wasn’t seeking to endanger him with my move. If he feels I was then I’m sorry, this wasn't my intention.”

The German driver has been given a ten-place grid penalty for the Belgian GP in a month’s time.

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.

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3 August 2010

Right. Sure he is. It was just as deliberate as Vettel trying to put people into the wall in recent starts except he got a lot closer to actually doing it. I don't know if this kind of gamesmanship has any place at all in the world's most prestigious motor sport but without it the races would be even more processional than they are. Wow - sounds like I'm agreeing with Schumacher here, not sure I intended to do that when I started. Certainly the other major motor sports aren't as picky about giving the other guy a hard time. Don't know - arguments on both sides I suppose.

3 August 2010

This sorry from Schuey is not what it seems,i understand he

said what he said because the team ordered him to.

If that is the case this is little more than lies hype and

spin from Schuey!.

3 August 2010

[quote kdwilcox]

This sorry from Schuey is not what it seems,i understand he

said what he said because the team ordered him to.

If that is the case this is little more than lies hype and

spin from Schuey!.

[/quote] So, damned if he does and damned of he doesn't, eh?

3 August 2010

Believe it or not as you like, but i am inclined to take it at face value.

One of Schumacher's weaknesses has always been his refusal to concede defeat, and block another driver to the extent that they have to back off to avoid the collision. Senna was much the same, if not worse (and that's excluding his run-ins with Prost, which are another story altogether).

I honestly don't think Schumacher was deliberately trying to put Barrichello into the wall; i think he was moving across to force Rubens to back off and misjudged how far Rubens had come up alongside him. Not malicious, just a very bad error of judgment.

The penalty awarded is deserved, although he couldn't have really complained if they rubbed him out for the next race. I do also think Vettel has been very lucky to avoid penalty so far as well for his startline moves...

3 August 2010

Who'd want to be the multi-millionaire, 7 times WDC?

3 August 2010

I bet the only thing he's sorry about is that 10 place grid penalty. On a more positive note, with his recent qualifying form that might only be 6 or 7 places coz you can't go further back than last, can you!

3 August 2010

This is the beginning of the end for Herr Schumacher, the rott is setting in, his "Legend" crown is starting to slip, a half hearted token, press appeasing apology just doesn't wash, plus he'll know that, come on Schumi do the decent thing and fade into anonimity while you have some cred with people who followed your career year in year out.

Peter Cavellini.

3 August 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]"Legend" crown is starting to slip[/quote]

No it isn`t,; he never had one. I will grant that he was a brilliant driver, but like Senna, he was never a sportsman.

Lanciaman

3 August 2010

[quote MHanna]...but without it the races would be even more processional than they are.[/quote]

Exactly. People moan about F1 just being a procession, and now some excitement finally happens and people are still moaning. Yeah, what Schu did was dangerous and could have resulted in carnage/injury e.t.c. But that's what makes it great to watch surely? We as human beings enjoy watching/observing others missfortune - how many of you rubberneck at accidents? We all do, we can't help it. I do hate Schu though and think he's an arrogant, soul-less cretin. He did go up in my estimations when he was in retirement, and he seemed down to earth when being interviewed on Top Gear when he was supposed to be the Stig. But now he has shown that deep down, he places winning above anything else - and it makes for great TV!

3 August 2010

So, Prodigy, you'd like too see the odd fatility,car going up in flames, just to make it more interesting, to sit on the edge of your seat with your Fosters, hoping some over payed delivery boy to take a big risk, thinking that if we crash the safety cell will save me?, how nieve, i agree F1 a few years ago was processional, but, it's a bit better now, how to make it more edge of he seat? i don't know, but bringing in Dinosaurs from the past isn't going to do it, i here that Jacque Villeneuve is thinking about racing next year(he's 39, by the way), what's e going to do if the iceman can't cut it?

Peter Cavellini.

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