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Out luck Schumacher landed penalty for Monaco

The seven-time world champion drove his Mercedes into the back of Senna's Williams at turn one on lap 13, forcing both drivers to retire.
Sunday, May 13, 2012

BARCELONA, May 13, 2012 (AFP) - Michael Schumacher was on Sunday handed a five place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix following his collision with Bruno Senna during the Spanish Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion drove his Mercedes into the back of Senna's Williams at turn one on lap 13, forcing both drivers to retire.

A clearly angry Schumacher was heard to call Senna "idiot" over the radio, and although he was marginally calmer by the time he faced the media he was in no doubt where the blame lay.

"He [Senna] moved to the right, but he shouldn't move back in the braking phase to the left that sharply. I'm just behind him and I don't know how sharply he is going to move. So it was all very dangerous."

"We had a chance of good points today so it is doubly frustrating. I have to say I don't know what he was trying to prove but in Brazil last year he was driving into my car and today he was doing funny things. A lap before he had an accident together with Grosjean so I don't know what he was going through his mind."

A much more relaxed Senna said: "I prefer not to put the blame onto anyone. Of course he's not going to say it's his own fault, but at the end of the day he had much newer tyres than me, I was on very old rubber by then, so I guess our braking points were uneven.

"I'd already seen Grosjean braking very late and hitting me into Turn One, and I didn't want Michael to do the same. When I went to brake, he probably just tried to cross and he hit me, so what can you do?"

Race stewards at the Spanish Grand Prix reviewed the incident before announcing their punishment.

 

Schumacher and Senna at the moment of the incident (Steven Tee / LAT)

Schumacher and Senna at the moment of the incident (Steven Tee / LAT)

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