The guest steward for the Hungarian Grand Prix, former F1 veteran Derek Warwick, has admitted that Michael Schumacher came close to being black-flagged from the race or banned for subsequent races for his defensive move on Rubens Barrichello in the closing stages of the race.
Making his second appearance as a former driver’s representative on the panel’s roster, Warwick – a veteran of over 160 Grands Prix in the 1980s to early 1990s – told BBC Radio 5 Live that “Throwing a black flag would have shown a better example to our young drivers.”
The German was issued with a 10-place grid penalty for the next round in Belgium, but Warwick admitted that, had the stewards had more time to deliberate, a disqualification would have been likely.
Warwick also expressed his disappointment with how Schumacher handled the event immediately following the race, although the German later issued a public apology for his antics.
“We interviewed Rubens and Michael and it was kind of disappointing how Michael handled it, and we had no option but to give him a 10-place penalty,” he said.
“You have to view the evidence you have and you could disqualify him from the next Grand Prix, or two Grands Prix.
“But we felt a ten-place penalty is a big penalty to carry for Spa. It kind of puts him out of the race at Spa, and hopefully he will learn from that and remember that the new stewards will not tolerate that driving,” he concluded.
Shown above is Brazilian F1 cartoonist Bruno Mantovani’s view of the incident, which we think is hilarious!
[Original image via Bruno Mantovani]