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 4:52 PM

Of course he deserved the penalty! Why else would the stewards have given it to him, they're always right...

But in all honesty? No, definitely not. Punishing recklessness is one thing, this was just a mistake. What justification is there for it? He's the most experienced driver in F1, so it's not like with Grosjean where they could argue to be curbing over eagerness. Nothing is more irritating than a driver being punished for nothing more than a mistake, particularly when there was already the self inflicted problem of lost points.

I felt sorry for Vergne, he was driving well, but this will hardly make up for it, so why bother?

On a side note, I was impressed by how well Vergne reacted.

Jimbo79 - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 5:07 PM

Maybe he did have an unexpected issue when braking, but maybe he was bricking it that much due to realising he had severely missed his braking point that he just ankered on causing the car to lock up.

Proberbly the former given how experienced he is but age does catch you up eventually.

Given it thought I think he just needs a good telling off. A 10 grid penalty just spoils it for us not just him.


September 24, 2012 5:07 PM

JEV was in the process of avoiding being squeezed into the barriers by one of the Saubers, and was going slower 'before' the braking zone, MS was caught out trying to avoid them and finished up ending Vergne's race. There was plenty of 'dodgy' driving on display yesterday that luckily didnt end in an accident resulting in no penalties.

James - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 5:46 PM

I don't think that there's a lot of arguing about this penalty, the stewards surely have taken a look at the telemetry data and missing a braking point in close traffic by a large margin can have fatal consequences so I don't see why because he's Schumacher he must escape unpunished.

Dean - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 5:59 PM

As a long time f1 fan I'm wondering if I want to keep watching it such is my annoyance at the constant digs at the sports greatest champion .Why don't we just say that if you are 43 and German you will have a penalty for any attempt to overtake or race anyone else.how can the stewards include in their argument an incident which happened in a previous race that he was already penalised for as for the reasoning behind such a harsh penalty..as for sky's Simon Lazenby's so called wit and mr J Herbert's angry German comments should they wait until all the evidence has been analysed before commenting in such a patronising and jealous manner. Sort yourselves out,commentators and stewards .

Schuey - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 6:33 PM

I totally agree with you. Michael is the best driver of this era, and so many people knock him. I am glad to see on here that there are more people who agree that the penalty is harsh. Just because he is Michael Schumacher, 7 times WDC and the only person to have won 5 titles consequently he has always attracted criticism. However his millions of fans love and respect him. I hope he has 1 more year and a good car and we see him on the podium again.

shaken - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 6:53 PM

It does not matter what penalty Schumacher gets now. Even if he were thrown out of the remaining races it would not do JE Vergne justice. What matters seriously is that Schumacher did not get these penalties earlier in his career when he was winning all his flawed races & F1 titles.

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