Ten-place Spa grid penalty for Schumacher

Michael Schumacher has received a ten-position grid penalty after Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello was furious at the Hungaroring after narrowly avoiding the pitwall as his former Ferrari teammate vigorously defended ...

Michael Schumacher has received a ten-position grid penalty after Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Rubens Barrichello was furious at the Hungaroring after narrowly avoiding the pitwall as his former Ferrari teammate vigorously defended tenth position.

The stewards agreed with the veteran Brazilian, ordering Schumacher's Mercedes ten places down the grid at Spa-Francorchamps later this month.

The FIA officials, including former driver Derek Warwick, said the German 41-year-old "illegitimately impeded" Barrichello, with whom he shared the Ferrari team for six years.

"For me it should have been a one race ban," said Lotus technical boss Mike Gascoyne.

David Coulthard added: "It could have been a horrible accident. He never knows when to give it up, but perhaps now he should with his comeback."

The stewards also penalised Mercedes $50,000 for releasing Nico Rosberg into the pitlane with a loose wheel, and a similar fine was levied against Renault for Robert Kubica's pitlane crash with Adrian Sutil.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Nico Rosberg , Robert Kubica , Mike Gascoyne , Derek Warwick , Adrian Sutil
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes