Peter (pete_uk) wrote in formula1,

I very rarely use the word disappointed when referring to someone, but I was very disappointed at what Michael Schumacher did Saturday afternoon.

For the last few years he has kept his nose relatively clean. The events of Adelaide 1994, Silverstone 1995, Jerez 1997, Austria 2000 (deliberately driving his damaged car on to the racing line to try and stop the race) Austria 2002 and Indianapolis 2002 had faded into history as he Formula one career is drawing to a close. But all that has come back after he, in my opinion, made almost no effort to turn the car around the second to last corner at the end of qualifying thus giving himself pole.

He had plenty of space to turn, plenty of opportunity to get reverse or even just floor it to get the back around. The clenched fist in the car (and one or two in the garage) signalled he was not to bothered about what had happened. Formula one engines are fickle things but if they can sit on the starting grid for upwards of 30 seconds without stalling surly they can keep running after a driver had run wide.

What has come as a surprise to me is the reaction from the pit lane. I forget how many drivers ITV interviewed but they all indicated quite obviously that they thought it was deliberate. Keke Rosberg was the most outspoken while his son, Nico looked disappointed when he said he hoped it wasn’t deliberate.

It ended up a good race though. The high shot of Kimi Raikkonen walking towards the tunnel as the safety car passed with the pack behind before the camera shot panned out into the harbour was really good. All that was needed was a theme tune and credits to go up the screen!
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