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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TruthHeals - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 2:58 AM

Schumacher's blunder was just as bad as Romain Grosjean at Spa. Yet Grosjean gets a one race ban whereas 'superstar' Schumacher gets away with 10 place grid demotion?

Would they still have let him get away so lightly if he had taken out a WDC contender like Hamilton or Alonso?

Are there different standards of penalty depending on whom you torpedo?

F1 has become a farce.

I hope Schumacher announces his "retirement" (aka firing) soon enough. Slow, old and error prone, MS has been thoroughly exposed on his comeback because for the first time in his career he does not have special clause to get superior equipment, or a lapdog team-mate.

bamza - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 3:09 AM

Obviously if the fia gave him a penalty after veiwing the data and he admited twas his fault he was following his 1st instinct to lie once more. Arrogrant as Damon hill once famously remarked. Ban him for a race i say.

Sasha - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 6:49 AM

Who cares, it is not like he is setting the world on fire at the moment with his results. 5 places, 10 places, back of the grid, ban.... Does it really matter?

walid - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 8:25 AM

i dont think Micheal is leaving F1 without having won even a single race after his comeback... i hope he can do this win soon, so we see a move from Hamilton to Mercedes GP F1 team...

Cobus - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 8:59 AM

Verne and Perez were fighting for the corner and both were feeling each other to whom is going to go for the turn first. Perez was on the slower side of the racingline and overtaking, therefore he should keep Verne as long as possible on his outside into the turn to prevent him to have a slingshot behind him and to get overtaken after the turn again by Verne. This is racing and every turn has a entrance speed and a exit speed, the latter is more important to create momentum and therefore higher speeds. Perez "blocked" Verne by his way of overtaking(legal) and had to slow him down as much as possible to prevent of being overtake again. Being a racing driver myself, it is a legal way of making sure your overtaking stays succesfull.

Cobus - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 9:16 AM

To add to my previous comment. Therefore the two cars did slow down more than normal and did it take longer to go through the corner and created a consertina effect. If Verne's car was not there, would Michael made the turn? Nobody thinks about that. If the answer is no, then he had a brake failure and nobody would blame him, but the reliability of Mercedes. He has driven in more races than anyone alse and has the most experience, it could happen to any driver at any time and has nothing to do with his age. A F1 add is shown where Webber is flying through the air at Canada(I think) and noting came of that, on a straight, hitting (I think Kovallainen) from the back. Highest trees catches the most wind, it will never change!!!!!

bob - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 9:36 AM

I honestly can't believe most people's response to this!

Are you lot even serious?

2 weeks ago Grosjean had the slightest of tire rubs with Hamilton (they didn't even touch bodywork) and most people on this site were screaming for his blood, saying that one race ban wasn't enough and he should be banned permanently.

This week, Schumacher embeds his car into the rear of another for the second time this year and the second time in as many years at the same corner of the same track!! Yet all you lot are saying how he doesn't deserve a ten place grid penalty.

What drugs are you smoking?

You all have a good old moan about the stewards EVERY week because they are inconsistent, but I suggest you all take a long hard look in the mirror!

But you're right, the stewards are inconsistent. If Grosjean deserves a race ban for rubbing tires, then Schumacher deserves to be stripped of his super licence for this! The only problem with Schumachers brakes was between the brake pedal and the s


September 25, 2012 10:42 AM

I thought Schumacher was probably trying to cover up bad driving in his interview but we can't be sure until Mercedes have spoken. So there's no point me voting here. If it was driver error I think a ten place penalty is about right because it was a nasty impact.

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