Michael Schumacher supports FIA rule

The new ruling by the FIA recently to demote a driver ten places on the grid for the following race if they are found to be at fault in an incident has the support of Michael Schumacher. The rule comes into force at this weekend's Brazilian Grand...

The new ruling by the FIA recently to demote a driver ten places on the grid for the following race if they are found to be at fault in an incident has the support of Michael Schumacher. The rule comes into force at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix and Schumacher believes it is a good way of punishing drivers without making them forfeit the whole race - but he doesn't think it is related to his clash with Juan Pablo Montoya in Malaysia.

"I don't think this is anything to do with the accidents we've seen this year," the current champion said. "It's just a more sensible way of trying to penalise someone who doesn't behave, instead of banning them for the whole race." Schumacher went on to add that the new rule would not change his way of driving: "You always try to comply with the rules so for me at least, I don't see any reason why I should change anything in my approach," he commented.

McLaren's David Coulthard, however, is dubious about the introduction of the penalty: "I don't see it as a preventative measure. No driver goes into a manoeuvre thinking 'If I get away with this I'll be lucky, if I don't I'll be 10 places down the grid.'" The Scot remarked.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren