Shumi Parks His Fairplay

I liked Michael Schumacher for all of one Grandprix, his first. He was with Jordan at Spa and qualified 7th, very high for such a young team. Next race he showed his loyalty and had already moved on to Benetton. The rest of his career would go the same way; outstanding talent backed by no sense of honor or fairplay whatsoever.

This weekend in Monaco he faked an error and left his car parked in a way that prevented others, including Alonso on a pole setting pace, from finishing their last qualifying lap. Surprisingly, considering some stuff he’s gotten away with in the past, the race stewards stripped him of his pole and he started from the back.

The BBC has a rundown of some of the crap he’s pulled in the past as well as some of the reactions from other drivers. The best one is by Mark Webber;

I just feel you don’t have to do this stuff. Why does it always have to happen? It’s like Mike Tyson biting someone’s ear off, isn’t it?

Exactly. Kind of like Bonds in baseball too. This latest and all the other events teint everything he’s done, every record he’s piled. One can only hope that the near unanimous condemnation finally drives him to retirement.


Stuart May 30, 2006

You are all cry babies. Do you really think soneone of Shumis intelligence would try something like that? Im not a fan but have to look at all the facts. The telemetry from his computor proves he entered the corner almost 6 miles an hour faster than any of his previous laps,it also showed he applied brakes and did not release them untill he stopped. If he did it on purpose and pulled it off without damaging the car then he truly is the best driver ever-wake up guys, not everyone likes a winner

Patrick May 30, 2006

There was also an interview with a race steward yesterday, telemetry shows he “lost control” of the car at 16km/h. Yeah. Right. He also steered left a bit.

Pradheep May 31, 2006

Schumi did not do it on purpose. He is too great of a driver to do that. They did not have to get him to start from last place. If they were not sure then they could have got him to start from second place. Last place is a crime. Alonso and Renault knew that if Schumi was anywhere near them they would have had to eat his dust that is why they made such a good fuss. If Alonso wanted to beat Schumi on the track he will be unsuccesful since Schumi is a better driver. Therefore they make a huge fuss when he makes mistakes and get him to last place. Alonso is not a great driver since it is because of Renault that he is doing well. I am sure that if he is given another he will be worse than the other drivers on the circuit.

Patrick June 1, 2006

Huh huh. Right.

Find me one journalist or F1 professionnal outside of Ferrari who thinks Shumi is innocent. There aren’t any.

As for the Alonso in a good car. That’s laughable, yes he’s in a good car but it’s ironic to see a Shumi fan bring that out. How about your precious Shumi when he had 1.5sec. a lap thanks to Bridgestones or how about how he never had a teammate that was let loose? He’s had team directives on his side for all his time at the Scuderia.

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