F1 » F1 POLL: Does Schumacher deserve Suzuka grid penalty?

Did the stewards make the right decision when they gave Michael Schumacher a ten-place grid penalty for crashing into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne? To submit your vote, simply, CLICK HERE...

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chris - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 2:46 PM

Watching a replay from overhead I think it's just possible to see that his rear brakes locked up before the fronts. He had been having issues with rears locking throughout practise. Is it possible for telemetry to tell absolutely all i.e every little real feeling rather than pure sensor data ( bearing in mind that as Coulthard pointed out the front of the car was trashed ). It was all bit frantic after the re-start, Vergne and Perez suddenly really slowed down and Schumi locked up from way back - odd. Over harsh penalty, but expected.


September 24, 2012 2:59 PM

Forgive me if I am wrong, but isnt Formula 1 all about the best drivers in the world in the best cars in the world. If so then Schumacher should be ashamed of himself to be honest. Shocking lapse of concentration more like, not some rubbish about getting his tyres warm after the safety car or a brake problem (no doubt inventing one as we speak, although surely the FIA had the telemetry evidence in order to make their ruling). I imagine he was busy looking in his mirrors to check if that Lotus was coming up the inside and to blame his car is just plain daft.


September 24, 2012 3:07 PM

chris. first of all, all drivers can adjust the balance of their brakes, and do this for almost every lap of the race.
secondly, vergne and perez were actually braking LATER than normal, as they were dicing for position. vergne was hardly going to brake early as he was trying to pass perez, and similarily, perez was trying to prevent a pass, and would not brake early. schumi locked up well before he hit vergne, so he was in fact the earlier braker.

penalty? well, there is consistency, but seeing that schumi has had a habit of rear ending others, actually feel that the penalty was not harsh enough.
as i said in an earlier thread, if that had been done by a rookie, several times, the result would have probably been a ban for a race or two

all credit to vergne for his actions!

sas - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:27 PM

Good qualifying in Monaco, bad race in Singapore. It seems he wants to quit f1...Wait until 2014, maybe the rules change (Without DRS, penalties, and other things...)I hope someday to see Vettel, Hamilton, Schumacher and Raikkonen fighting hard for positions. Maybe with colisions, yes, it is a fight it isn't? Be aggressive and finishing the race, they are my favorite pilots. You have to dare and not expect DRS or to drive a good car.


September 24, 2012 3:28 PM

I know his fans won't agree but it was driver error and pretty cringe-worthy to watch.

All credit to Verne who didn't descend to mud slinging post race, at least Michael spoke to him straight away and it was pretty obvious he was apologising.

chris - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:33 PM

Richard - first of all, thanks for the lesson, but fully aware that drivers are continually adjusting their brake balance - been following F1 since 1984. Secondly if you followed the practise sessions you will have seen that Schumacher had brake problems throughout. In fact one session was cut short because of this. All I am saying is that there may be a slight chance that this reoccurred in the race.

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