Michael Schumacher still refuses to explain 2006 Rascasse controversy

Michael Schumacher caused a furore by parking his car during qualifying in 2006

Michael Schumacher caused a furore by parking his car during qualifying in 2006

Michael Schumacher makes his first racing appearance at Monaco this weekend since the notorious controversy he caused there in 2006.

Schumacher tried to hold on to pole position in qualifying that year by parking his car at the exit of Rascasse corner, preventing other drivers from improving their time. The stewards saw through the ruse and sent him to the back of the grid.

He has never explained his actions and became hostile when asked for an explanation by the media at Monaco today.

According to Adam Cooper Schumacher turned on the press when asked if the incident was a low point in his career:

You made it ?ǣ some of you guys. I mean, let?s look forward and not backwards. [...]

I mean you can keep trying absolutely, but we?re not talking about 2006 any more. There?s enough said I don?t feel that I need to go any deeper into it??
Michael Schumacher

Schumacher may not feel the need to explain himself. But his refusal to do so shows his utter contempt for press and fans alike who recognised his move for the blatant act of cheating it was. As the stewards said at the time:

The stewards can find no justifiable reason for the driver to have braked with such undue, excessive and unusual pressure at this part of the circuit, and are therefore left with no alternatives but to conclude that the driver deliberately stopped his car on the circuit in the last few minutes of qualifying, at a time at which he had thus far set the fastest lap time.

As long as Schumacher persists in his denial he will continue to face uncomfortable questions from the media. Weighed against that, would an admission of guilt be that hard to swallow?

Read more: Monaco 2006: Stewards slam Schumacher

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176 comments on Michael Schumacher still refuses to explain 2006 Rascasse controversy

  1. Mark in Florida said on 14th May 2010, 0:33

    Ha,Ha,Ha.All this useless harping is a joke.It must be a slow week for the talking heads.F1 has become so sanitized and tidy that the thought that someone with an old school killer instinct is unfathomable.Sure Schumi was trying to prevent Alonso from getting his pole.Yes it was petty he still would have been in second but second was never a position that Michael ever went for.Schumi is a winner because first was all he ever drove for.All these claims of cheating his way to success is retarded.Look at all the unsuccessfull cheats it did`nt work in the long run for them.What about Alonso he`s not a cheat? He didn`t know anything about spygate and or the intentional crash in Singapore? Come on people every team dances on the gray line some do it better than others.Struggling teams go over that line and get caught.Michael is a great champion and always will be.Is he perfect? Absolutely not,but human nature is to tear down the great ones and bring them down to our level so that we can say,look he does the same crap that I do!But as the late great Dale Earnhart said “Love you or hate you,if their not talking about you your a nobody”.

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