Contrary to initial reactions, Ralf Schumacher accepted his retirement in the European Grand at the hands of Nick Heidfeld as a mere 'racing incident'.

Battling over the final points position in eighth, Schumacher made a slight mistake coming out of the chicane on lap 18, prompting Heidfeld, already delayed by his collision with BMW team-mate Robert Kubica on the first lap, to attempt a move up the inside of the final bend.

However, Schumacher turned in as Heidfeld pulled up alongside causing the Toyota to spin into the gravel trap and into retirement, ending any hopes of what probably would have been a finish inside the points.

Still, while a visibly disgruntled Schumacher revealed his misgivings over the team radio before exiting the car, the former European GP winner was rather more pragmatic about the situation afterwards.

"I made a little mistake in the corner before and he was able to close up and then he made a move at the final corner and we collided. In general he is a very fair driver but these things happen in racing. It was a racing incident. It is clearly a shame because we could have scored points."

Heidfeld mirrored Schumacher's claims it was an unfortunate incident, claiming he closed to door on him and left him with nowhere to go but into the side of him.

"The accident with Ralf Schumacher was very unlucky. He was slow accelerating out of the chicane, at first left room for me, but closed the door once he realised I was there. Unfortunately at this point I was on the wet part of the track and couldn't avoid a collision."

 

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