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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September 24, 2012 3:45 PM

chris. glad to be of service. i trust that you now realise why your comment about rears locking first, is a bit unusual. drivers try to get equal braking on ALL wheels, to get maximum retardation.

follwing it since 1984? well, you are a newcomer to the sport, so that excuses you!

oddly enough, schumi was blaming tyres!

it was a rookie mistake and he has done the same several times before. this from the most EXPERIENCED driver on the grid

chris - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:59 PM

Richard - another gem from you. Thanks. Take a look at the overhead video. It does appear that Scumacher's rear tyres lock up momentarily before the fronts. Unusual yes - precisely my point.

DSRH - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 4:04 PM

First of all I do not require a lesson in life from jumped up Richard!(I was not aware as to how many potential F1 drivers were lurking in the shadows!) I am not a Schumi fan but do recognise his achievements in F1. My fear is the FI is becoming too sanitised for its own good! If it carries on in that direction drivers will soon require written permission before they can overtake.


September 24, 2012 4:10 PM

chris. there may be a split second difference, but the whole issue is that schumi was locked up on all four wheels, for some considerable distance. neither ergne or perez neede to lock up to take the corner, therefore, schumi was either trying to be clever and thought that he wouldnt need to brake, or he was approaching at far to high a speed to take the corner anyway. either way, it is rare to see any driver to get into such a situation, yet schumi has done it at least three times. a spot of cadence braking may possibly have prevented the accident.

Kevin - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 4:15 PM

Point 1: There is a strong possibility that there was a mechanical issue that locked his rear brakes, causing a loss of control. The video seems to support this. Some mechanical failures do occur without triggering a sensor reading pointing to a cause.
Point 2: Each of the previous incidents involving rear end contact by MSC has been into a rookie level driver, who braked either suddenly, or to a slower speed than an experience driver might anticipate, no matter how skilled or experienced.
Point 3: In any of the two cases above, a 10 grid penalty will have zero impact on reducing future incidents, thus is uncalled for and unreasonable.

piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 4:15 PM

I said in another thread, if Grosjean deserved a ban for his spa indiscretion, Schumacher got away lightly with his faux pa. It was so crass I thought I was watching Indycar for a moment. Also, if you check out the accident in slow mo, he could have killed himself, his front wheels/tyres/suspension collapsed upwards and backwards and could easily have nutted him.

Bomg - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 4:25 PM

All the stewards do is to wreck people's races with penalties - the FIA should just remove them from officiating in any race, and make racing like it is in the late 80s and so. That was far more exciting to watch.

garth - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 4:48 PM

since schummi comeback, how often did he crash? not rarely, when with ferrari he never bump driver, because he always in front. last year he has the most overtaking, i hope schummi still in f1 at least one year he still the phenomenon, watch when he hint raikkonen in singapore, and his battle with in spa it s still interesting.

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