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F1 2011 POLL: Should 'Schumi' have received a penalty?

It's time for you to let us know what you thought about the Michael Schumacher/Lewis Hamilton scrap at Monza last weekend. Did 'Schumi' go too far, or did Lewis simply get a dose of his own medicine..?
Debate has raged since last weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza about the fierce early duel between Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, a scrap that had many F1 fans right on the edge of their seats – but did the Mercedes GP star overstep the mark when he edged his McLaren-Mercedes adversary onto the grass?

The topic was re-opened today by a confession from Derek Daly – one of the selected FIA driver stewards during the race – that he and his colleagues 'let Charlie [Whiting] down' by not penalising Schumacher for what some reckoned to be overly-aggressive driving in defence of his third position [see separate story – click here].

The moment at which Hamilton found himself forced to put two wheels onto the grass was, contended McLaren-Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh, 'as scary as hell' – and even Schumacher's own team boss, Ross Brawn, needed to warn the German over the pit-to-car radio that his actions were right on-the-limit and occasionally straying beyond what was acceptable.

Either way, no punishment was forthcoming – when, for what was arguably a lesser indiscretion against Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in Malaysia earlier this year, Hamilton had been handed down a retrospective drive-through penalty – and the 2008 F1 World Champion was unwilling to criticise once the chequered flag had fallen, perhaps mindful of his own litany of run-ins with both rivals and stewards over the course of the campaign to-date.

What do you think, though? Did 'Schumi' get away too lightly for risking an accident, or did he merely dish Hamilton out a taste of his own medicine..?

To have your say, vote in our poll right here



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Duke - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 4:58 PM

Michael Schumacher was very fair with Hamilton,and showed immense skill by driving on the edge lap after lap.As he rightly said,Hamilton was driving on the edge too.This is F1 racing at it's best,what we all want to see.



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