Michael Schumacher vs Rubens Barrichello   Michael Schumacher  vs Rubens Barrichello

Michael Schumacher has seen the light in the wake of his ten-grid penalty and publicly apologised to Rubens Barrichello for his driving during Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The seven-time World Champion was penalised by the race stewards for squeezing Barricgello against the pit wall on the Hungaroring main straight as the Brazilian tried to take tenth place from him during the final laps of the race.

The move understandably angered Rubens, who voiced his displeasure and described Schumacher’s driving as “horrendous”.

Immediately after the race, Schumacher insisted that he had done nothing wrong, but overnight he seems to have changed his tune and admitted he agreed with the stewards’ decision.

Writing on his website, Schumacher said: “Yesterday, right after the race I was still in the heat of the action, but after I watched the incident with Rubens again, I must say that the stewards were right with their assessment: the move against him was too hard.

“I wanted to make it hard for him to pass me. I clearly showed him that I didn’t want to let him pass but… I wasn’t seeking to endanger him with my move. If he feels I was then I’m sorry, this wasn’t my intention.”

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.