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.
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.
“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.