Michael Schumacher has been issued a ten-place grid penalty for the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix for his driving at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Schumacher came close to colliding with Williams’ Rubens Barrichello when he pushed the Brazilian against the pit wall on the main straight as he tried to defend tenth place in the closing stages of the race.
The move angered Barrichello – who likened Schumacher’s driving as “horrendous” – and several others in the paddock, while Schumacher unsurprisingly felt that he had done nothing wrong.
The stewards – including Derek Warwick on its roster this weekend – cited a breach in the regulations and found Schumacher had “illegitimately impeded car 9 during an overtaking manoeuvre”, and awarded a ten-place grid penalty for the next round.
Speaking after his meeting with the stewards, Schumacher said: “It was a hard fight, and this is what we are here for, but I accept that the FIA stewards saw it as too hard.”
Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn added: “We don’t necessarily agree with their decision but we do accept the penalty.”
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