Michael Schumacher endured a frustrating Canadian Grand Prix, crossing the line a despondent 11th after an event-filled race that saw him feature in several close on-track battles and three visits to the pits.
Winner of the Canadian Grand Prix on seven previous occasions, the German made a good start from 13th on the grid and ran as high as third in the race, but a too-early switch to the softer compound tyres saw his hopes of a points’ finish evaporate as his rear tyres began to fade.
Schumacher was involved in a few close shaves during the race, firstly with Robert Kubica at Turn 3; then chopping across Felipe Massa’s front wing at the final chicane, and then lastly a little bit of rough-house driving on the final lap trying to keep Vitantonio Liuzzi at bay.
"At the start, everything went great and we made up places as we had been hoping for," Schumacher said after the 70-lap race. "The first stop was perfectly timed, so it was looking quite promising. Then I had a puncture on the front-right tyre after my first pit-stop, after I got together with Kubica, and that obviously decided my race.
"From there, I was stuck in traffic and there was nothing more to do because today our weapons were not very sharp. Towards the end, I was trying as hard as I could to defend myself but it was only possible to a certain degree and my tyres were just ruined after having done more than half the race distance."
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