Schumacher and Senna at odds after crash
13 May 2012 – Michael Schumacher was furious after slamming into the back of Bruno Senna and removing both men from Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. The incident occurred at Turn 1 on the 13th lap after the Mercedes driver, who ended up in the gravel trap, had appeared to miss his braking point. The Williams stopped with a puncture.
“I just took a minute to watch the video,” Schumacher explained to BBC Sport. “You can see from overhead that he moves right to defend, right in front of me. I moved to the inside again but it was too late in the braking phase. So it’s very frustrating.
“We’d already had a strange manoeuvre front him in a braking zone in Brazil last year, so I’m not sure what’s going on. I hope they (the stewards) understand the video again to understand what happened there. I don’t think today would have been a race win but we had good speed and basically, with the back-marker as he was, it is very frustrating.”
Naturally, Senna also pointed the finger at his rival:
“Obviously he’s not going to say it’s his fault but at the end of the day he had newer tyres. I didn’t want Michael to do the same as Grosjean. Under braking he just came across and hit me, so what can you do?”
Team-mates Pastor Maldonado celebrated victory and finish in seventh place, respectively, on another highly exciting day.