Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary: After Brazilian Rubens Barrichello criticised former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher on Sunday for what Barrichello said was the most dangerous manoeuvre ever used against him, Michael Scumacher hits back!
Barrichello, the Williams driver told Germany's RTL television after the seven-times world champion forced him perilously close to the wall and off track in a Hungarian Grand Prix duel, "I like fair battle but I don't think it was fair."
"It was a go-kart manoeuvre. If he wants to go to heaven before me he can; I don't want to go to heaven," added Barrichello, who was Michael Schumacher's team mate for six years at Ferrari, with the German Schumacher regularly benefiting from preferential treatment.
Even Alex Wurtz was very scathing on the BBC, as he pointed out that the stewards could see Michael Schumacher looking to the right for some 200m and basically timing his move to "perfection". Wurtz intimated that that either the car does not meet rear view regs of there is something wrong with his eyesight and he should be tested and if proven to have defective eyesight his super license revoked.
However, Schumacher brushed it off, saying that he went right trying to make Barrichello go around the outside, but "he chose not to and it got a bit tight."
"He had fresher tyres," said Schumacher. "I knew that he was coming so I moved to the inside. There was space enough, we didn't touch. To be tight and tough, I'm known not to give presents." Michael Schumacher told Italian television RAI when questioned about his move "This is F1,… …I think I left him too much room because he passed."
The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that four race stewards had ruled that the Mercedes driver, Michael Schumacher had "illegitimately impeded" the Brazilian's Williams during an overtaking manoeuvre and would be handed a 10 place penalty on the starting grid for this month's Belgian Grand Prix for impeding Rubens Barrichello in Hungary on Sunday. Barrichello took the final point in the race with his former Ferrari team mate Schumacher 11th.
Schumacher will be dropped 10 positions from wherever he qualifies at Spa, on the 28th August 2010.