'Worst Grand Prix ever' - Brundle on Schumacher
15 June 2010 – Former driver and BBC television pundit Martin Brundle has criticised ex team-mate Michael Schumacher's on-track conduct in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, describing the Mercedes driver's race as his 'worst ever' since entering Formula 1 19 years ago.
Having endured a bad qualifying on Saturday to manage only the 13th, Schumacher kept out of trouble in the opening laps at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve but later suffered incidents with both Robert Kubica (at Turn 3) and Felipe Massa (at Turn 12), with the latter soon being investigated but cleared by FIA race stewards.
"It was a shocking performance from Michael Schumacher today," Brundle commented on the BBC's post-race F1 Forum. "He lacked judgement today and that's the worst Grand Prix I've ever seen him drive in his career, absolutely.
"Frankly, if he was a new boy, we'd have been saying, 'You know what? He's not ready for Formula 1, he's not good enough for Formula 1'…because it was really clumsy, unacceptable moves - what's the point in risking your car?"
Norfolk man Brundle particularly disparaged the 7-time World Champion's brief battle with Renault's Kubica, which began as the German exited the pit lane on Lap 13.
"The guy's come up the inside of you - Kubica had the turn-in point to the corner - and Michael just won't give in," Martin explained. "The next thing is, he's damaged the underneath of his car and has to make another pit-stop immediately."
On-screen colleague and one-time team owner Eddie Jordan agreed with his associate.
"This is reminiscent to rallying, isn't it?" said the Irishman. "You're supposed to stay on the black stuff, if I recall, and he's made no effort to do so and endangered not just himself but obviously Kubica, who was trying to make a normal pass."