Alonso fourth, Schumacher tenth in their battle from the back in Melbourne

Alguersuari kept Schumacher behind for 36 laps

Alguersuari kept Schumacher behind for 36 laps

Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher fell to the back of the pack at the start of today’s Australian Grand Prix after colliding on the first lap.

But while Alonso climbed back through the field to finish fourth Schumacher was only able to grab tenth place and the final point on the penultimate lap.

How did Alonso managed to make such better progress than Schumacher?

Schumacher and Alonso's time gap to the race leader

Schumacher and Alonso's time gap to the race leader (click to enlarge)

The graph above shows how far Alonso and Schumacher were behind the leader on each lap of the race. The data for some other relevant drivers is included.

Alguersuari, take one

The one driver who made the biggest difference was Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari. Alonso and Schumacher both pitted to discard their intermediate tyres on lap eight, one lap before Alguersuari.

As Alguersuari came out of the pits Alonso was able to drive past him – but Schumacher got stuck behind the Toro Rosso driver.

Although Alonso continued to move up the field by passing other cars, and plenty of changes of positions were happening further up the field, Schumacher could do little about Alguersuari. It took him 14 laps to find a way by.

Two laps later Alguersuari pitted for fresh tyres and Mercedes decided to cover him by bringing in Schumacher on lap 27.

However, as we have seen already this year, the driver who pits first has the advantage in this situation. Sure enough, Alguersuari got the position back from Schumacher – partly because the Mercedes drivers was now stuck behind Pedro de la Rosa.

Alguersuari, take two

On the graph above, Nico Rosberg’s dashed line shows the kind of pace Schumacher might have had without Alguersuari in the way.

This time Alguersuari stayed ahead for 22 laps before making a mistake, allowing Schumacher to muscle his way around the outside of the Toro Rosso at turn 15. Alguersuari ran him out to the edge of the track, unwilling to give the place up, but Schumacher finally prevailed.

It wasn’t the first time in the race he’d been troubled by one of the cars further down the order. Timo Glock cheekily re-passed the world champion at turn 14 earlier in the race.

Happily for Schumacher, de la Rosa proved much easier to pass when he caught him the second time. Peter Sauber cannot have been very happy at the ease with which de la Rosa surrendered the final points-paying position on the 57th tour, one lap from home.

Alonso’s progress

Alonso, meanwhile, had made his way past de la Rosa 44 laps earlier and never looked back. He passed Rubens Barrichello on lap 15 and took seventh off Mark Webber when the Red Bull driver went off on his out-lap the next time around.

The Ferrari driver gained three more places thanks to Vettel’s retirement, and the extra pit stops for Webber (who had re-passed Alonso) and Lewis Hamilton.

Granted, Alonso has a quicker car than Schumacher does at the moment. But when you think back to Schumacher’s famous drives from the back at Spa in 1995 or Suzuka in 1998 and then consider he spent 36 laps behind a Toro Rosso today, you have to wonder if he’s still a little race-rusty.

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148 comments on Alonso fourth, Schumacher tenth in their battle from the back in Melbourne

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  1. Alguersuari did brilliantly, he really put up a fight and overtook Schumacher after his stop I think, although the camera missed it.

    For me Alonso was driver of the day, coming back from being last at turn one when his team mate was in second then finishing just behind him. If he wins the championship it’ll be because of drives like that where he doesn’t give up that we’ll look back on. Fair play to him.

    • alex said on 28th March 2010, 18:06

      driver of the day alonso i dont think so. i think it was lewis hamilton for his massive great all round performace

      • Salty said on 28th March 2010, 19:18

        Disagree with both. Jenson was clearly driver of the day. He made the early call himself – crew were still on their seats as he entered pitlane. Then Button took the race by the scruff of the neck, keeping a much faster Vettel honest until the brake failure cruelly ended his race. But 50 laps on a set of softs by Jense – brilliant work. Had total control of the situation and didn’t need or make any rash moves – a classic Button drive.

        • Icthyes said on 28th March 2010, 22:13

          Disagree with all of you! Kubica for me; keeping Hamilton behind ensured his 2nd place more than simply not being overtaken by Lewis, because once he pitted, Massa was the only threat left and he never looked like getting past him.

          • steph said on 29th March 2010, 8:45

            Agree with Salty that Jense was driver of the day. He didn’t have it entirely easy after the switch as he had to push like hell, got the gap but then had to change the car to be understeery as his rears were going off although he did have a nice gap at that point that’s because his first part was so good. I’m not going to criticise him for getting so far ahead :P
            Racer of the day for me has to be Alonso though now I’ve thought about it. Hamilton pulled off some great passes but Alonso climbed up more, isn’t as rated in the wet as Ham and managed to make his strategy and tyres last the distance.

      • seven89x said on 28th March 2010, 19:21

        Lewis drove beautifully, no doubt. But I think Alonso is the driver of the day.

        • Button did well but apart from his call it was an easy race for him. Hamilton was also brilliant and could have caught Button maybe if he’d got passed Kubica.

          I still think Alonso was fantastic though.

          • ripthisjoint said on 28th March 2010, 19:38

            Driver of the day : Kubica. Full Stop.

          • So many stunning drives today, Kubica was also brilliant to get that Renault into second. No one would have thought anyone other then the top 4 could get on the podium and Kubica has done it in the first race.

        • sato113 said on 29th March 2010, 2:14

          lewis was getting way to out of shape towards the end of the race though. seemed impatient.

      • Fer no.65 said on 28th March 2010, 23:54

        Not a chance, man!… if anyone, Kubica was the star of the race. A Mclaren winning was a possibility, but after qualifing (or should i said, before the season started!) NO ONE was looking at the Renault saying: “this could actually get into the podium on the 2nd race”.

        Robert did brilliantly. He was faster than the car!

    • imara said on 29th March 2010, 8:12

      i totally agree with you, fighting his way to 4th from last after the first corner spin was phenominal. then defending hamilton and webber !!!!!! JUST AMAZING, DEFINITELY THE DRIVE OF THE DAY

  2. F1Filmaker said on 28th March 2010, 15:39

    Didn’t Ross Brawn mention to Martin Brundle after the race that more parts in the car was broken (which compromised its performance)?

    Why isn’t that to be taken into consideration?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th March 2010, 15:41

      Did he say what was damaged? It wasn’t particularly heavy contact and they replaced the nose. There’s nothing in Mercedes’ post-race notes about any damage to the car either.

      • Scribe said on 28th March 2010, 16:29

        Brawn, an i thought Brundle said that Shuey had suspension promblems from lap one, possibly cause by that front wing jamming into the ground, possibly when he got nurfed by Button.

        • steph said on 28th March 2010, 16:33

          Brundle did say that Ross said (feel like I’m at school now :P ) that Schumi’s Merc did have more damage on the f1 forum but he didn’t say what.

        • Patrickl said on 28th March 2010, 18:50

          From the radio traffic, it was almost like Schumacher didn’t even notice that his front wing was broken. They had to tell him to come in.

      • Mike said on 29th March 2010, 3:39

        looked heavy enough to me… doesn’t take much to damage these cars, first he was hit by Alonso, and then he had a rough trip across the grass, I can believe damage came from that.

        It’s taken a lot less to do a lot more to F1 cars in the past…

        That being said, Jaime still did a fantastic job…

    • kowalsky said on 28th March 2010, 16:43

      he could be lying to give schumi a little brake.

    • “Didn’t Ross Brawn mention to Martin Brundle after the race that more parts in the car was broken (which compromised its performance)?
      Why isn’t that to be taken into consideration?”

      Because it’s Michael Schumacher and everyone this year is trying to do everything to have a go at Michael and say that he isn’t that good any more.

      I think he would have been right up there if he hadn’t have been taken out by Button and Alonso at the start.

  3. This is cool. Thanks Keith.

  4. Diacho said on 28th March 2010, 15:48

    I am one of those who wonder if he was ever as good as those races made he seem to be. His results are inflated by a lack of competition and illegal moves.

    • PeriSoft said on 28th March 2010, 16:43

      Lack of competition – let me get this straight: When nobody else on the grid is anywhere near as good as you are, this means your results don’t really count?

      Funny old world…

      • Mike said on 29th March 2010, 3:43

        Yeah I mean, Hakkinen, Hill, Villinuerve, Alonso, Raikkonen, Ralf, Coulthard, Piquet, Montoya and the rest were nobodies, he had no competition from them at all……

        Drivers move up and down in performance, 3 years off generally results in a radical down, but Schumacher is still quite competitive, don’t write him off as a driver just yet.

        • Antifia said on 29th March 2010, 15:07

          Lets unpick that, shall we? He raced against Piquet in only 5 GPs – and Piquet came on top when you count the points they collected in those races. Alonso and Raikkonen only had competitive cars in the end of MS carrer – and Alonso beat him. And then you have JV, Coultard, Hakkinen, Hill, Barrichelo, Montoya…and so on. In other words: The who is who of the F1 Mediocre’s book. And even against them he managed to be beaten 4 times. Add to it that he found the need to cheat compulsively throughout his entire career and he is not such an impressive to me.

          • Diacho said on 29th March 2010, 16:39

            I completely agree.
            The history books will have the years between the death of Senna and the appearance of Alonso as the lowest level of F1 racing in all times.
            People talk about Bahrein… the whole 2000 and 2002 seasons were much worse than that.

          • Lobo said on 29th March 2010, 19:52

            Sorry, my past got jacked up. If they were mediocres, how can we consider the guys who didn’t even challenge him …

    • kowalsky said on 28th March 2010, 16:45

      But even if 7 titles is over the top, he is in the same class as senna and prost.

      • Senna could do nothing with 2010 formula, just like schumi with 1988. They both are the best ever. But Schumi is best for longer time

        • Salty said on 28th March 2010, 19:45

          Schumacher is still a great driver. He has been out of the sport for 3 years. 2 starts and 2 points finishes on his return. Will he be disappointed with his comeback performance? Yes, because he is Michael Schumacher. Is he in the fastest car? No. There is more to come from both the car and the man. The only question surely is is Michael enjoying it enough still to stay with it? Mercedes WILL throw dev (read money) at this car to make sure it is up there by the end of the season I believe. Brawn and Michael know how to make this work. Nico is the fly in Michael’s neck rub right now, but early days. Schummi isn’t a quitter, we saw that in his early days with Ferrari. Think there is more to come.

  5. Tommy_F said on 28th March 2010, 15:48

    Nice article. Little typo in the last, paragraph: “Granted, Alosno”.

  6. peteboy46 said on 28th March 2010, 15:50

    For me Massa doesn’t look to good at the moment. yeah, for sure this track wasn’t his since friday but ..i don’t know he looks fat and his driving is somehow “fat” either. his teammate dropped to the bottom of the grid and almost got past him later on. it is not massa Iknow and i think it’ll be his last season with ferrari. Alonsa..superb ride. he’s looking really good at the moment.

    • Ash G said on 28th March 2010, 15:58

      He looks fat? He looks like he has lost a fair bit of weight to me. And 2 podium finishes in a row? Doesn’t seem that bad to me, also his strongest finish at Melbourne. Considering what the lad has gone through in the past year I think he’s doing well!

      • Roger Carballo AKA Archtrion said on 28th March 2010, 16:06

        Come on, he managed both podiums, but having your teammate on your back in 20 laps, after he had an incident which cost him the whole grid….. it’s annoying, at least.

        • steph said on 28th March 2010, 16:43

          Massa has had his best to a season plus his best race result at Aus. He had problems since Friday even with the set up and tyres but he got a wonderful start and was unlucky to lose out so much in the pitstops (Kubica must have been happy at that though as maybe things would have been different). Massa did make a few errors, which he admitted, and although he set a better flap for him than Alonso did he didn’t seem to have the pace.
          Alonso got round the slower cars, a few quick ones toon and had a goopd strategy like Felipe but he couldn’t get round Massa so Alonso drove the better race and was more spectacular but Felipe got the job done when it came to keeping his teammate back even if it wasn’t as solid as he would have liked.
          Bahrain was a case of a dodgy start, Alonso outsmarting him which was no surprise and then a few car issues which meant he was nursing it home.
          Alonso will probably win as in my opinion he’s the best and smartest on the grid and I’m not even getting into silly season yet but 2 podiums after 8 months out (despite some bad luck) show Massa still knows how to drive.

          • sumedh said on 28th March 2010, 17:55

            Very well put Steph.

            Massa always struggles at the start of the season. None of the previous 4, 2006 to 2009, he has started well.

            It seems that this time Massa and Rob Smedley have aimed to treat this problem. That is why he was so conservative off the start line at Bahrain. He was clearly having issues (self-inflicted) all weekend. So, his only target after that monster start was damage limitation.
            And he did exactly that.

          • Patrickl said on 28th March 2010, 18:53

            Or it shows that Massa is in the fastest car (seeing how the Red Bulls have one car that cannot finish a race by car failure or and the other by brain failure)

          • sumedh said on 28th March 2010, 19:05

            @Patrickl

            Ferrari wasn’t the fastest car today. Not by quite a margin.

            Red Bull and Mclaren were both quicker.

          • George said on 29th March 2010, 4:41

            Yeah I think we need to cut Felipe some slack here, he obviously didn’t have as good a set up as Alonso, as shown in quali and race pace. Considering the amount of oversteer he was getting I think he did a good job to keep it on the island and bring home a podium ahead of his team mate.

          • Peteboy46 said on 29th March 2010, 7:30

            Come on..If you have a car as good as Ferrari is at the moment it is OBLIGATORY to finish at the podium. Excuse me. Sure.. You can look at this matter from other side, and we can go to a conclusion that he is riding briliantly at the moment. But he isn’t. Let’s face it. Alonso is looking much better now. Of course Massa is high in the championship table and this is a good job, I agree. Lewis is coming and if Vettel finally gets reliable car -Massa will drop like stone behind them? Will se.

          • Patrickl said on 29th March 2010, 10:06

            sumedh, Red Bull might have been fastest, but as I said they had mechanical failure or brain failure keeping them back …

    • Einar AI said on 28th March 2010, 16:38

      I agree, Massa’s ride was a little messy and not too fast compared to Fernando’s. Let’s face it, he was a second slower than Alonso in qualifying, and despite a brilliant start dropped places due to mistakes and/or insufficient defending. Clearly wasn’t a drive of his life. He had composure of neither Alonso nor Kubica when Lewis attacked him. He wasn’t good enough at keeping Webber behind either. I think Fernando would’ve risked overtaking him if not for the importance of a good “team result.”

      That said, Felipe was never the driver of the day in the wet. He wasn’t today either.

    • kowalsky said on 28th March 2010, 16:48

      having problems with cold conditions like always. In malasya will be a harder nut to crack.

    • seven89x said on 28th March 2010, 19:25

      He looks in shape. However, I think he can’t handle the pressure of having Alonso being better than him.

      • theRoswellite said on 28th March 2010, 20:22

        Well, at this race he handled it pretty well, finishing ahead of Alonso…holding him off…and getting onto the podium.

        If you look at a statistical comparison with Alonso you’ll find that they are almost identical in categories like Average Grid Position and Average Finishing Position.

        So, I think he is showing real maturity, and his start in Australia is as good as I can remember from anyone in the last few years.

        • Cacarella said on 28th March 2010, 21:03

          ‘If you look at a statistical comparison’
          ;like average grid position and average finishng’

          I hope these stats take into account that Massa has been driving a title winning Ferrari for the past two years while Alonso has been in a Mid-Field Renault!?

          • Antifia said on 29th March 2010, 15:21

            Title winning Ferrari in 2009? I missed that one… I hope these stats also took into account that Massa spent 2/3 of last season out and was a Ferrari test driver 2004/2005, when Alonso was winning his first races and title…

        • Salty said on 28th March 2010, 22:47

          Think Massa did a good job. He’s fast and brave, but still bothers me that he seems to need telemetry and his very brilliant race angineer Rob Smedley to tell him how to drive the car. Amazing symbiosis between them but very odd somehow. Does sort of undermine my faith in Massa – you can’t call him a ‘great’ driver while Rob has too explain how to stuff a racer behind him through a corner. Feels odd. I believe Massa is fast, but think he lacks race craft, and that hurts the team. He did hold up Alonso today. Maybe, just maybe, Alonso could have taken the very brilliant Kubica.

          • steph said on 29th March 2010, 8:53

            ” Maybe, just maybe, Alonso could have taken the very brilliant Kubica.”
            Alonso probably would have at least had a better go at it but Ferrari get a lot of stick if there’s even a slight hint at team roders and it;s nice to see teammates actually race each other. Besides, Alonso’s tyres had gone quite a distance by that point and it worked out in a way as I don’t think Massa could have defended from Hamilton.
            I don’t mind that Rob tells Massa what to do, he sees a problem so he says it. I like how Massa is just allowed to drive and I once read an interview with Rob S and he said that he likes and wants to be in control of quite a lot so Felipe can just go out and drive. It’s just different and it works for them. My big issue with Massa lately has been his defending; he gave Hamilton too much room when Lewis first overtook him than at Bahrain he gave Alonso quite a large amount of space but the next corner nearly ran Lewis off the road. Maybe he’s being on the wild side again as it is his comeback or because he is aware how bad his season starts usually are but it’s something he has to work on. Speaking of; Kubica’s touted as his possible replacement next year which is something I find interesting as I think Kubica is one of the best defenders out there.

          • Antifia said on 29th March 2010, 15:50

            You touched a nerve here. As a supporter, I was a tad embarrassed by his engennier finding it necessary to tell Massa how to drive – see that he didn’t only tell where he was losing time, but also how to fix it. This brings me to another point: Massa was not being overtaken in the pit straight because he was not defending enough (in fact, in a couple of occasions I even found him a bit Schumackesque in his defending….) or because LH or Webber were driving so superbly. He was losing his position because he was way off in the last two curves of the track. This allowed the drivers behind him to have a much better go in the following straight. Bringing it back to Smedley, perhaps he, like me, thinks Massa a slow learner: once he got the line for a curve wrong, he will continue doing that same line to the end of the weekend. I have seen it before, and I saw it again yesterday. It is even more obvious when he is the car behind: You see the line of the car in front, you see him taking another line and losing time and then you see him doing it time and time again…so yesterday Smedley stepped in. I’ve read once that in the beginning of his career, at Sauber, he would not take the same line in a curve twice during a whole GP. This was something they worked with him to improve in his earlier days at Ferrari – perhaps he learned the lesson too much.

        • Tom L. said on 29th March 2010, 0:33

          Best start in recent years, compared to the opposition, has to be Trulli at Spa ’08: started 11th, was up to at least 6th by turn one before being clobbered from behind by Bourdais. Can’t find any footage of it online unfortunately, but other drivers’ onboards as he comes flying past are quite impressive.

  7. This was Algursuari’s and Chandok’s and Grassi’s best race :)

  8. Schumacher struggles to pass a Toro Rosso; only to get passed back? What’s wrong with that picture??

    Schumy had better pick up the pace and gather up a podium pretty soon or the shine of expectation of his return will tarnish quickly.

    • LewisC said on 28th March 2010, 18:23

      I think that ‘Schumacher Shine’ has gone already.

      He was unlucky to get tagged today by Alonso bouncing off Button: but from that point on he didn’t seem too interested. I don’t think the car was damaged, so that just leaves the outright speed of the car and the driver himself. Rosberg came 5th, and would have been 2nd or 3rd if he hadn’t pitted for tyres. That says to me there was enough outright speed to get the job done through the lower order – which Schumi used to excel at. So where was he?

      I actually think he’s come down with a bump and realised he’s going to have to fight a damn sight harder than he has done since maybe 2001… especially as the backmarkers don’t just deferentially get out of the way like they used to.

      • seven89x said on 28th March 2010, 19:26

        Oh man, this is is going to be a great year for Rosberg.

      • Jason said on 31st March 2010, 3:21

        Now that Shumi is back everyone on the grid wants to race him and brag to the boys back home that “i can keep him behind me” but the truth is that in Australia Alguersuari was just holding him up by unprofessional driving tactics that would have, if the officials intervened, made him let Shumi through – this involves swerving accross the driving line and purposely making it impossible for a driver to get through (a similar thing happened not too long ago late last year where a driver ahead had to let the car through because of these tactics or something similar…i dont remember the specifics). Unlike Alonso being let through easily (without any fight) it just shows that these new drivers just want to “get the t shirt” to say they battled with Shumi and could keep him behind…but in reality if they had the professional approach to racing and realised they are not in the same league as Shumi they will just have their own race and let the champ get on to the front of the pack where he can race with those deserving to race against…i bet you that in later races this year if the front drivers try these unprofessional tactics against Shumi or any top driver for that matter they will be warned and have to move over. Although when Shumi gets his full confidence up again and qualifies higher up the pack he wont have to deal with these guys who thing they have something to prove…at Shumi’s expense. Nuf said!

  9. According to DLR his tires were totally shot by the point MS & JA got up to him.

  10. The article puts in perspective the role of fortune for Alonso. He did hustle past Alguersuari but if Webber did not make one of his many many errors of the day coming out of the pits, Alonso would have not got past Webber, period. Of course, one can say this is why Ferrari hires people like Alonso over Webber. Alonso also benefitted from the apparent mistake by Rosberg and Hamilton in pitting twice. And needless to say, passin the bottom third of the field this year is childs play compared to last year. Even a Williams is nothing to get by now for the top teams.

    Anyway, what has happened to Ferrari’s vaunted race pace and ease on the tires? Not only did they look definitively slower than RedSwill in qualifying, but McLaren demonstrated that they could have beaten Ferrari either of two ways: by nursing the tires or 2. by changing and using an advantage of raw speed. If not for their own errors and their pit strategy, Mercedes looked to have them on race distance-pace as well. It’s no good to say Button is better on his tires than Hamilton or anyone else. Hamilton put 30 seconds on Button in Bahrain on the same strategy. If Hamilton were out front, the outcome would have been the same. The conventional wisdom needs some inspection now.

    • seven89x said on 28th March 2010, 19:27

      You’re way off, my friend.

    • George said on 29th March 2010, 4:50

      Hamilton had a clear track in Bahrain, and Jenson didn’t have a particularly good weekend full stop.

      I agree about Ferrari to an extent, but Alonso did put in some good laps before he got stuck behind Massa, I think they were slightly better than they showed. If I remember correctly Norb Haug said the Mercedes works better in colder conditions too, so that might contribute to them catching up since Bahrain.

  11. Alonso the best??? Nobody talks about Kubica??? With an awful car he managed to be second!!! And Button, very brave with the strategy.

    • Yeah, Kubica suprised, but from 18th to 4th isnt easy job :)

      • Jasper said on 28th March 2010, 17:36

        Yeah good job from Kubica. He did clearly benefit from the first corner incident, but after that the only man who overtook him was Button. Solid driving and pace, as well as good defensive driving.

      • In Bahrain Kubica did practically the same job recovering after being hit by Sutil, only that race was in dry and he has much, much worse car :)

  12. now everytime vettel gets pole i’m still going to have that gutt feeling that something bad will happen to his car. can just imagine him being a few laps off being world champion and his engine blows up in a freakish way while he was 30+ seconds infront of everybody else.

    • KlBD said on 28th March 2010, 21:56

      Seems Vettel is the new Raikkonen…

      • Not quite – Vettel does keep fighting even when he’s down, Raikkonen used to just get bored and trundle around.

        I like Vettel, and I’m sure it will come good for him soon.

        • Mash25 said on 30th March 2010, 11:09

          Really, like when? I used to think kimi was unlucky but its becoming clear that it will take nothing short of a miracle for a newey car to win a title again.
          This is only the 2nd time Seb experiences something as frustrating as losing a win from the front. Kimi and Mika could write a book about it!

  13. SaBo said on 28th March 2010, 17:38

    “Timo Glock cheekily re-passed the world champion at turn 14 earlier in the race.”

    Good article, and a good read… but I’m pretty sure this was Di Grassi, which makes it even more remarkable, no?

  14. tarakart said on 28th March 2010, 17:40

    Can anyone tell me why Button wasnt penalised for his first corner move on Alonso????? if that was Hamilton i think there would have been a penalty involved…….?

    • Gwenouille said on 28th March 2010, 17:51

      Are you serious ?
      Alonso was slow, button got up there almost to his height, on the inside. Still Alonso did as if he was clearly ahead and dived inside.
      It is really clear on Button’s in-car camera.

      No pen at all here for neither of the pilots, thanks god.

    • Frans said on 28th March 2010, 19:00

      Button got the inside line… if I’m pointing finger, I would say it’s Alonso fault for not giving Button any space. The way Alonso moved to the right was like he didn’t noticed that Button was there.

      • Salty said on 29th March 2010, 10:28

        Absolutely – raises the issue of those outboard mirrors again. First corner, is tricky to watch everything, but Alonso made the race a lot more difficult for himself and Michael Schumacher by closing down on Button. Jenson was powerless to avoid it. Did look like Fernando just didn’t use the mirrors. Interestly it seems the GPDA might be pushing for a return to monocoque mounted mirrors again. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/82475

  15. SaBo said on 28th March 2010, 17:45

    Because Alonso drove into him, when left no space.

    Button simply had the racing line, and remember – that now there is a race-driver in the stewards room (Le-Mans winner this weekend, correct?) so it could just be that he passed on the opinion this was a racing incident.

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