Schumacher: This weekend is not one to remember

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 on the drivers parade. Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 29 July 2012.

Michael Schumacher had a forgettable weekend in Hungary

Jul.30 (Reuters) Michael Schumacher’s 18th Hungarian Grand Prix descended into a comedy of errors on Sunday with the seven-time world champion’s problems beginning on the grid and ending with an early retirement.

Michael Schumacher (GER, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team),    *** Local Caption *** +++ +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI +++Schumacher, who took part in the race for the first time 20 years ago, has won four times at the Hungaroring but a fifth victory was out of the question from the moment he parked his Mercedes out of position.

The start had to be aborted and the field re-positioned while Schumacher’s car was wheeled into the pit lane.

The 43-year-old then incurred a drive-through penalty for pitlane speeding and had to stop again due to a puncture. Although he fought his way up through the field with typical tenacity, his day ended in retirement from 18th place.

“Today was obviously one of those races that you will not look back at for very long,” said the crestfallen German, who also crashed in practice on Friday.

The winner of 91 Formula One races explained that his car’s engine temperatures had been very high before the start and he had switched off when the yellow lights came on.

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2012, Grand Prix of Hungary,  #7 Michael Schumacher (GER, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team),    *** Local Caption *** +++ +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI +++“After I had started from the pit lane, I picked up a penalty and then a puncture. So all in all, the beginning of the race was not very pleasant for us. Everything you do not need came together,” said the German.

“We did not have full telemetry before the start and during the period of overheating, and this is why we finally decided to retire so as not risk any damage which might make us suffer in the next race.

“This weekend is not one to remember, but then there are weekends like this which you can only accept. I am sure we will be looking much better in the next races to come.”

Romain Grosjean, who finished third in the race, was not impressed by the Mercedes driver, “I got stuck behind Michael [Schumacher] who didn’t respect the blue flags at all which cost me a lot of time. Because of this I lost a place to Kimi, and at the same time a possible chance to fight for the win.”

Schumacher has managed one podium finish since coming out of retirement in 2010, a third place at the European Grand Prix in Valencia in June.

His first two Hungarian Grands Prix also ended in retirement in 1992 and 1993, before he notched his first win on the circuit the following year.

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  • Jody Renza

    Maybe Ferrari must sign Schumacher to replace Massa!!

  • seb

    that comment from that french fries head is absurd. he deserved what he deserved because he ruined the race of schumi lots of times! disrespectful french fry head at that grosjunk!

    oh schuey we try not to remember this bad events and only remember your winning moments so please stop adding moments not to remember because they are now becoming memorable and frustrating!

  • justme

    Seb: A typical fanboy comment. Like schumi haven’t ruined anyone else’s race or championships ???

  • Ronnie

    Lotsa nice memories of Shooey running others off the track and winning because of team-mates and a few times actually from own merit. Can’t see the old magic, only the old dark side. Time to retire for good “boots”.