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Schumacher: I’m known for being hard

Michael Schumacher insists he did nothing wrong in the Hungarian Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher has defended his move on Rubens Barrichello in the Hungarian Grand Prix, insisting that his former team-mate should have known that if he wanted to pass the German, he would have to fight for it.

Schumacher was handed a ten place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa for the way in which he veered across and forced Barrichello towards the pit wall in the closing stages as the pair battled for tenth place.

While Schumacher came under fire for the move, with Barrichello claiming it was the most dangerous he had been involved in, but Schumacher was unrepentant.

"There's not much to say," he told the BBC. "He obviously had fresher tyres. My job was to get the last corner spot on and on that lap I ran a little wide and my exit speed was compromised. I knew he was coming so I was moving over to the inside to make it very obvious and clear to him to go on the other side, there was more space, but he chose not to so it got a bit tight.

"We know certain drivers have certain views, and then there's Rubens. As a driver you have the ability to change line once, and that's what I was trying to do. Obviously there was enough space to go through - we didn't touch, so I just left enough space to come through.

"It was a bit tight and tough, but I think I'm known not to give presents on track. If you want to pass me, you have to fight for it.

"To watch things from other camera angles, you might have a different view on things."



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whocares - Unregistered

August 02, 2010 1:09 PM

To be honest Vetel does things like that at the start of races regular and nobody cries unfair then. Hanilton pushes people of the track to gain position again thats ok. Double standards. Nothing new there on these forums tho. Im glad hes back its just sad all you armchair racers like to have a dig when you will never be a real racer. Back to the playstation boys.

Oli - Unregistered

August 02, 2010 12:45 PM

I don't think he did anything wrong to be honest. He started moving right and aimed for the pitlane exit fairly early on, the gap was always getting smaller and smaller. It's not like he kept left and suddenly swevered. Fair play to Rubens for committing to an ever decreasing gap, it was a ballsy move. I can't help but feel though that if this has been a Force India v Torro Rosso then no one would have batted an eyelid.



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