Sorry Schumi, you're the idiot

2012-05-13 20:41

BARCELONA, Spain - Michael Schumacher has been given a five-place penalty for the 2012 Monaco F1 GP for crashing into Bruno Senna at the Sunday’s 2012 Spanish GP.
Schumacher could be heard branding Brazilian Senna an "idiot" on his team radio after the crash but race stewards found him to be at fault.


The showcase Monaco GP, which Schumacher has won five times, will be on May 27. Overtaking on the tight and twisty circuit is extremely difficult, putting a premium on grid position.

Schumacher drives for Mercedes, Senna of Williams; each had to retire after the crash on lap 13 of 66 at the Catalunya circuit.

Schumacher, 43, has failed to recapture past glory since coming out of retirement in 2010. He has picked up only two points from five races in 2012 while team mate Nico Rosberg won in China in April.

Williams' Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish race to give his team its first victory since 2004.


  • cobus.fenwick - 2012-05-13 21:22

    Why did Senna move to his left infront of a flying car behind him? Sorry, the stewards are always right. What did Senna do the previous round? If Senna did the same to Vettel, he would most probably be banned, haha. Still enjoying every race, pitty that humanity is going for a s$%& at a very high speed.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-13 22:15

      Senna did move to his left in the braking zone. I'm surprised at the stewards decision but like you say, they are always right.

      Mark - 2012-05-14 08:31

      And the Schumi die-hards bring out the excuses yet again.....

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-14 08:48

      @ Mark: So what did you see?

      Mark - 2012-05-14 09:16

      @ Warren - I saw Schumi drive straight into the back of Senna and take them both out, what were you looking at? Moving over slightly to keep your racing line is not weaving aside from the fact that the same rule applies when driving on the road, the guy behind is always at fault.

      PatPion - 2012-05-14 10:34

      @Mark, exactly. I completely agree with you. All Senna did was keep the racing line. It is his right to do so. He had older rubber, therefor his braking zone was different to Shumi's, it was the veteran's responsibility to cater for that.

      Francois - 2012-05-14 10:48

      Yes sure it was shumacher's fault but he's only human. Everyone makes mistakes. And don't disrespect him he's still a legend of F1.

      Francois - 2012-05-14 11:27

      Yes sure it was shumacher's fault but he's only human. Everyone makes mistakes. And don't disrespect him he's still a legend of F1.

      Warren - 2012-05-14 13:58

      @ Mark: You say he moved over "slightly" (so we both saw the same thing afterall) but that was enough to leave no space for Schumacher. After Senna blocked MSC by 1st moving to his right the NEW rule states that you are NOT allowed to make a 2nd move, even if it is to take up the racing line. This rule came into place after the MSC - Hamilton thing at Monza (2011) where MSC 1st blocked HAM & then proceeded to do a 2nd move under the guise of taking the racing line. That is why I am surprised at the stewards decision however like I said before, their word is final.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-15 19:30

      @ Mark: Seriously, how is childish political insults helping your argument? In case you're a little confused, this is a F1 racing article. Bet your so-cal neighbours & work colleges just love your "when we" stories.

      Mark - 2012-05-15 21:33

      @ Warren, you mean Colleagues... I wasn't talking politics, I was highlighting the mind set, but I should have known it would have gone over your head

      Mark - 2012-05-16 07:36

      @Jannas – Thanks, I'm Flattered….. I could say that Schumi supporters can’t think for themselves and have to plagiarise other peoples material :-) I am not actually a Schumi hater at all and think he's one of the best drivers of all time. He has however done some very questionable things in the past where he's good enough not to have to cheat his way to a championship (and I'm not saying he was cheating in this instance) What frustrates me is that you have supporters who will always try and justify his actions even though in many cases he is very clearly in the wrong. It won't surprise you that I am a Hammi supporter (and Rosburg) but when he does something stupid I wouldn't try and justify his actions... last year for example he drove like a total idiot…. I don't necessarily think Hammi is better than Schumi either, he still needs to prove himself.

      Jannas - 2012-05-16 12:27

      @Mark - Sorry for the plagiarism, the temptation just got hold of me when I read that comment..! I agree what you say here and I also think Schumi-haters love to forget the speed difference the DRS creates at the end of the straight and also the combination of old tyres vs fresh tyres, braking zones, different strategies, etc...My 5 cents, retire when you are at your peak, when in the public eye, even your enemy will give credit...Glad you mentioned Hammi. His sensless driving last year happend around the time they commemorate Senna and when he had a go in his old car, we all knew Senna's driving style...glad, it seems, for him sanity prevail this year. Oh by the way, I am not a Hammi fan but I must admit, it seems he is back to his old brilliance/patience which could bring him the title again.

  • Sarel - 2012-05-14 18:38

    100% correct. Shumacher is the idiot. But that’s an old trick of his, bumping rival racers off the track, difference is, this time it backfired & he took himself out in the process. Go home shumager, you’re uselass…….

      Jannas - 2012-05-16 00:32

      Mmmm...who is this shumager bloke you refering to? I suppose you know your grand prix with that wise, thoughtfull comment...

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-25 23:48

    I'm just going to say it for him. He probably called himself an idiot. I sometimes say it when i do something stupid, like put the coffee jar in the fridge in the early morning, I only don't say it out loud especially on a loud speaker, I just check no-one saw and build a bridge and get over it. He misjudged the situation, that all. Very Sportsmanlike of senna in his response. I have good feeling about bruno's future, really hope he finds his pace.

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-25 23:56

    Anyone notice the left rear wheel problem during pitstops creeping into f1? I noticed Hamiltons rear wheel spinning to power just as the wheel went on, the hydrolic drill barely was off the wheel before the wheels spun up a full 1 second before being dropped to go. Later in the race a mechanic was thrown over the wheel as it went on. I can see something going terribly wrong if they don't tend to the problem.

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