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Shumacher given reprimand

Michael Schumacher is handed a reprimand for his race-ending collision in the Singapore Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher has been handed a reprimand for the collision with Sergio Perez that saw him forced to retire from the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver was attempted to make a move for position when he clipped the back of the Mexican's Sauber and went off into the wall – bringing out the Safety Car while his car was removed from the tyre barriers.

While he called it a 'misunderstanding', Schumacher was later reprimanded for the incident - which he also insisted was more dramatic than it looked.

"It was a very unfortunate ending to my race in Singapore tonight and obviously I am a bit disappointed,” he said. “What happened was what I would call a misunderstanding between Sergio Perez and myself. He was about to go inside and lifted, and I was not expecting him to do that so early, and therefore hit him. It's probably one of those race incidents which look more impressive from outside than from inside, as I am totally ok and my impact in the end was not too heavy.

“It was a pity because my car and the tyres worked well, and therefore the pace was very good. I will look ahead to the next races and hope to have better endings there."

Despite the incident leaving him with a puncture, Perez was able to continue to finish the race in tenth place although the contact left him to adopt a different strategy.

“I think tenth was the best we could manage today,” he said. “I was on a two-stop strategy, starting on the supersoft tyres and changing after 15 laps to the soft compound. For my second stop I had to pit earlier because I had a puncture after the accident with Michael, and then I had to do a very long last stint - actually just a bit over half the race distance - with the second set of soft tyres.

“I think Michael was too optimistic with what he tried. It is a shame to have lost a place to Felipe Massa in the end, but the tyres were finished and I couldn't defend anymore. We will keep fighting to get back sixth place in the championship.”



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Oli - Unregistered

September 26, 2011 6:53 PM

Another example of the growing "where there's blame, there's a claim" culture of F1. I don't wish to make this post about Schumacher in particular, we saw the same thing with Liuzzi last week. A reprimand means nothing to Schumacher and a 5 place grid penalty meant nothing to Liuzzi. But it's the principle. These guys are RACING! They are pushing the limits of their cars, the limits of the tyres, the limits of the track, non-stop for 2 hours. People WILL make mistakes. Every racing driver in the world has made mistakes and crashed into a wall, or another car, at some point in their career. It happens. But these days, F1 doesn't seem able to accept that crashes are part of motorsport. Why? Whatever happened to a 'racing incident'? Why does every crash have to result it a driver getting blamed and a reprimand of some kind? Oli



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