F1 »

Schumacher was almost black-flagged

Derek Warwick reveals that disqualifying Michael Schumacher was a real option at the Hungarian Grand Prix
Derek Warwick has revealed that Michael Schumacher came close to being black-flagged and excluded from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Warwick was part of the stewards' panel for the second time this season at the Hungaroring to help with decisions during the race, with the FIA having decided at the start of the season to have former drivers as part of the decision making process.

The former F1 racer was therefore involved with decided if a penalty should be given to Schumacher for the way in which he attempted to defend position when Rubens Barrichello made a move for position in the closing stages of the race.

Schumacher was ultimately given a ten-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix for illegitimately impeding his former team-mate but Warwick said that disqualification would have been a real option if the stewards had had more time to look at the footage of the incident.

"Throwing a black flag would have shown a better example to our young drivers," he told Radio 5 Live. "But by the time we got the video evidence we ran out of time and we had to do it retrospectively.

"If we had enough laps [we could have disqualified him] but you have to have video evidence and make sure all four stewards are in agreement."

Warwick added that the stewards had deemed that a ten-place drop on the grid at Spa was a worthy penalty as it will effectively rule Schumacher 'out of the race' in Belgium.

"We interviewed Rubens and Michael and it was kind of disappointing how Michael handled it, and we had no option but to give him a 10-place penalty," he said. "You have to view the evidence you have and you could disqualify him from the next Grand Prix, or two Grands Prix.

"But we felt a 10-place penalty is a big penalty to carry for Spa. It kind of puts him out of the race at Spa, and hopefully he will learn from that and remember that the new stewards will not tolerate that driving."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Schumacher  (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
Friday, Michael Schumacher  (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
Michael Schumacher  (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
John Watson driving the McLaren MP4B at the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix, Las Vegas
Guy Moll at the 1934 Grand Prix Automobile de Montreux   [pic credit:Agence de presse Meurisse/Bibliothèque nationale de France]
2014 FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon is to test with Lotus F1
12.10.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, the start
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Vitaly Mutko (RUS) Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
12.10.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in the press conference after the race
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebrates Manufactor title of Mercedes with the team
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014-  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 with a fan
12.10.2014- Fabiana Flosi (BRA)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Cosworth DFV - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 1:19 PM

The point was that having left the space, Michael proceed to squeeze and carry-on squeezing when Rubens was alongside. A Martin Brudle said at the time about it - if Schumacher hadn't wanted Rubens there then he should have been hard up the wall.

© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.