Michael Schumacher has received a five-grid penalty after his collision with Bruno Senna during the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Schumacher was catching Senna down the straight on lap 13, but suddenly smashed into the rear of the Williams car. Both drivers retired. After the retirement, Schumacher commented on the incident.
“I just took a minute to watch the video and if you look at the overhead shot you can see that he moves right to defend his inside position, but in the braking phase he moves back left right in front of me,” said Schumacher.
“Then I tried to avoid to the inside again, but too late. Then it’s done because that’s in the braking phase. Very frustrating. Very much annoyed about that. We’ve had already a strange manoeuvre from him in Brazil last year and a lap before he had a get together with [Romain] Grosjean, I don’t know what exactly happened there. I hope they [the stewards] understand the video pictures good enough to clarify that.”
Unfortunately, the stewards were not on seeing the issue the same way Schumacher did, who called Senna an idiot and the former seven time world champion has been given a five-grid penalty for the Monaco GP in two weeks.
Speaking about the incident, Bruno Senna´s comment was:
“Of course he’s not going to say it’s his own fault, but at the end of the day he had much newer tyres than me, I was on very old rubber by then, so I guess our braking points were uneven for Turn 1,” said Senna.
“I’d already seen Grosjean braking very late and hitting me into Turn 1, and I didn’t want Michael to do the same.
“When I went to brake, he probably just tried to cross and he hit me, so what can you do?”
To make matters worse for Senna, a fire broke out in the Williams garage, after the team had started to celebrate team mate Pastor Maldonado´s maiden victory. Thick smoke covered most of the pit area, several members of rival teams rushed to aid the Williams people, and the fire have been put out. Unfortunetale, Senna´s car was damaged in the fire.