• British Grand Prix

Schumacher caught out by DRS

ESPNF1 Staff
July 10, 2011 « Vettel refuses to blame team | »
Michael Schumacher recovered to finish ninth © Press Association

Michael Schumacher said his collision with Kamui Kobayashi was down to him outbraking himself having used the DRS for the first time during the British Grand Prix.

Schumacher was running close behind Kobayashi in eighth place having made a good start from 13th when he slid in to the back of the Sauber at Brooklands, tapping Kobayashi in to a spin and breaking his own front wing. Schumacher said that he felt he went in to the corner too quickly due to the added speed given to him by the DRS and was unable to stop in time.

"My result today is a bit of a shame, and of course I am not happy about it," Schumacher said. "I think fifth or even fourth place would not have been out of question today thanks to the superb job the guys back in Brackley and Brixworth have done. I would so much have wished to bring them some decent points this evening when we go back to the factory for a BBQ with their families. But unfortunately, and due to my fault, I cannot. Having used DRS for the first time in the race, I was arriving at the corner with over-run. Underestimating the effect, my braking was not good and this is how the collision happened."

Schumacher also voiced his displeasure at the 10 second stop and go penalty given to him, saying it was slightly harsh.

"It was right to get a penalty but why it had to be a stop-go, and not a drive-through penalty, I would like to understand better as I felt it was too hard. Anyway, the good thing is that step-by-step, the hard work of our team is paying off more and more, and this is a good feeling heading towards our next home race."