Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Schumacher admits crash error

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher has admitted he was at fault for the crash that ended his hopes of challenging at last weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia. The German damaged his front wing after a collision with Renault's Vitaly Petrov but has been quick to claim responsibility for the incident, admitting he had been trying to sneak the corner ahead of the Russian who was on aging tyres.

"Obviously knocking off my front wing was my own problem. I was trying to keep position with Petrov, who was on old tyres and I wanted to stay in front of him," he said.

"I simply couldn't stop it anymore, over-locked the front, slid into him and lost my front wing. And then the race was pretty much done."

The race had been the chance for the seven-time world champion to build on his impressive return to form in Montreal, where the Mercedes driver finished fourth in his best drive since returning to the sport last year. The damaged front-wing ruined any chance of a repeat of Mercedes Canadian success, with Schumacher eventually coming in 17th after the enforced extra pit stop. Fans of Formula One betting will be wondering if he can continue his improvements next time out.

It wasn't all bad for Mercedes in Valencia though after Schumacher's team-mate Nico Rosberg came in seventh to at least claim some points for the team. Rosberg was overtaken by Jenson Button in the early stages before managing to overtake Jaime Alguersuari's Toro Rosso to claim seventh place ahead of the Spaniard in eighth.

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