'Schumi cheated' - ex-team mate

2011-12-08 12:33

Michael Schumacher's 1994 team mate has accused the F1 veteran of winning his first World championship with the help of illegal electronic aids.

Jos Verstappen claims that while the Benetton he raced almost two decades ago conformed to the rules, the car driven to the title by Schumacher was fitted with secret systems.

Verstappen said: "I know what happened when we were together at Benetton. People think I'm looking for excuses but I know that his car was different to mine.

"I always thought it was impossible; I braked at the limit and took the corners as hard as possible, so how could Schumacher do it?  There was something wrong," he said.


Verstappen added: "There were electronic driver aids.  It was never mentioned but I'm convinced and when I later asked Flavio Briatore he replied 'Let's not talk about it'.  So I know enough now. Like everybody else, Michael depends on his car. For most people he was a god but he is not Superman. In a kart, he never beat me."

Meanwhile Schumacher's Mercedes current team mate Nico Rosberg has accused the multiple World champion of being a sore loser - "but not as bad as the media make him out to be".

Rosberg said: "Obviously he doesn't like being beaten but it doesn't last long. He's not a bastard, as some people say, when I ask him a question - he doesn't lie to me. You can work with him and that was a nice surprise after what I had heard."

Rosberg consistently out-qualified Schumacher in 2011 to finish the season 13 points ahead.

However, Rosberg has been less than impressed with Mercedes.

"I've stayed because I'm convinced the situation will change," he explained. "I thought I'd win some races and get a few podiums but that didn't happen. We were never in a position to challenge the top three teams."


  • James - 2011-12-08 15:31

    Correct Jos the electronic device in Schu's car was his brain. Schu/Vettel just won ROC for the 5th time in = cars. Do us all a favour and keep your mouth shut.

      Hans - 2011-12-08 16:11

      What I don't understand is why come up with this now after all these years? The team could not understand how he did it, so they tracked his braking and found that he uses his brakes in a way similar to how ABS works. The guy was very good and in a league of elite drivers.If Jos was so good, then how come he has won nothing of note?

      kevin.grinaker - 2011-12-08 22:21

      James. They won the 2011 ROC team championship, not the 2011 ROC itself. Tom Kristensen, [Le Mans and DTM (an Audi driver in both forms of racing)], beat Vettel (quarter final) then Schumacher (semi final) and lost to Ogier(Citroen WRC), a rookie in ROC,in the final.

      Warren - 2011-12-10 00:10

      Actually this is old news. I remember (+/- 15) years ago the FIA discovered launch control software on the Benetton GP car that was engaged by shifting the up & down shift paddles of the gearbox in a certain manner. (Pretty much the same as activating a cheat on a Playstation game). The FIA also admitted that they knew almost all the teams were cheating by having a similar system on their cars but could not prove it, hence they legalised the (launch control) system shortly after. P.S. Jos, Schumi is god you twat.

  • Claud - 2011-12-08 15:42

    Want to know about the true cheating s and bad sportsmanship of Michael Schumacher...ask Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill for the Facts.Eddy Irvine also spilled the beans about the so called team orders.

      Hans - 2011-12-08 16:14

      The biggest cheat in F1 was Senna not Schumi. He almost killed Prost many times.Look at Alonso and his antics against Hamilton.The thing these drivers have in common is that they are there to win.That is why they are so bloody good.They take no prisoners and are ruthless. Eddy Irvine knew about their team orders as Ferrari never made it a secret. it was open to the whole world to see.By concentrating on one driver, they maximised the points.Talking about Irvine and team orders, did Schumi not return in '99 after his leg break, only to play second fiddle to Irvine to help him win the championship? Amazing how people have selective memories.

      adrian.berghoff - 2011-12-09 09:53

      Team orders in Schumi's (first) era did not constitute cheating.

      Warren - 2011-12-09 23:55

      Talking about Eddie Irvine & team orders, Ferrari ordered Mika Salo (Micheal's replacement when he broke his leg) to pull over so that he (Irvine) could take the win.

      cobus.fenwick - 2011-12-10 15:17

      Sorry that daddy's sons could not achieved what they have. Their fathers were known champions and they were "once-offers", too pretty and too smooth. F1 is for the big boys and not for the big boy's sons.

  • Richard - 2011-12-08 15:50

    So I guess it wont be long before Vettel gets accused of cheating too... oh wait thats already happening... amazing how its always the losers that cry foul...

  • Peter - 2011-12-08 16:22

    I remember watching a wet Monaco race and Schumi making huge gains through Portier into the tunnel. Everyone shat themselves and claims of traction control were fervently bandied about. However, ever the wise racer, Schumi had realized that due to the wet, Portier was taken slower than the pit lane speed limit and he very smartly activated the limiter every time he entered the corner! Just as with Lance Armstrong, there a many who claim cheating - but none who have come up with a shred of evidence. Sore losers the lot.

  • nikhil.duki - 2011-12-08 17:26

    What an idiot he is!!!!Jos is just jealous he wasnt able to win anything...winning in a kart and F1 is different.what a sore loser!!!

  • reza.daniels1 - 2011-12-08 17:28

    There is no doubt that Schumie is the most successful F1 driver ever and sour grapes will be abound. Suck it up losers.

  • Henry - 2011-12-08 17:42

    I got respect for Shumi when he came 3rd with his car stuck in one gear.

      adrian.berghoff - 2011-12-09 09:54

      2nd mate, at Barcelona in 1996. His car was stuck in fifth gear, unless my memory fails me.

  • Frikkie - 2011-12-08 21:11

    The only good thing Jos Verstappen did in his whole racing career, was to take out Montoya in Brasil. Other than that, he was a LOOSER. Even with Adrian Newey at Mclaren, Schumi was able to beat the driver and the car in his Ferrari. He was just miles ahead of the rest. Nico Rosberg will also not really achieve anything in life.

  • cobus.fenwick - 2011-12-10 15:22

    Well done Jos, after all these years you knew it all and you did nothing about it. Nice way of earning millions and keep your mouth shut. No wonder you never became a champion. "You never know if a tin is empty untill it makes a noise."

  • cobus.fenwick - 2011-12-10 16:10

    Jos, you are Schummi's ex-team mate. According to everyone that I know, it is always the ex that is the problem. Use it or not.

  • Justin - 2011-12-11 09:34

    Please note that if he is such a cheat, how did he win his other 6 titles, and nearly another 3 ? Please!! Oh with 3 different engine manufacturers. Jos you are a friggin joke. shut the #^%#^ up with your jealousy. What Jos fails to highlight is that during Schumi's reign in F1 the FIA and officials spent more time focused on him (MS) and his car than any other because of all his success (1994 - the only reason that Hill came close is that they took every opp they could to exclude him or penalise (something Damon himself has acknowledged)also eg: The infamous overtaking on the warm up lap - was then black flagged - rule no longer applies!!)- no cheating mate (FIA scrutineering is and has for many decades been thorough, if you understand how much detail they inspect on each and every car)- if wing/floor bd is out by 1mm you will be disqual. MS won in cars from normal stick shift to today's paddle shift gearboxes. In addition all the tyre rule changes as well from slicks to grooves etc. He blew the lights out from day one (in a piece of junk car at Jordan) just like Senna, Prost and little Vettel (testing for BMW f1 at 17). Jos these legends have it (RIP Senna) and you never did. You sound pathetic, it almost the same as accusations against Lance Armstrong - all his success was due to drugs. Have you ever wondered, maybe other drivers had aids in their cars and still couldn't beat the likes of Senna, Prost and Schumi, why don't you ponder over that for XMAS.

  • faik.jacobs - 2011-12-12 23:42

    jos - jealous of schumacher

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