Schumacher: Aquaplaning didn’t cause the crash
27 July 2012 – Michael Schumacher has shared his version of events after crashing out of Hungarian Grand Prix practice on Friday afternoon. The German, who was running Intermediates tyres when most others used Wets, lost control of his Mercedes at Turn 12.
Seemingly making no attempt to turn into the right-hander, Schumacher’s car sailed off the circuit and suffered a sizeable impact with the tyre barriers which dislodged his right-front wheel and suspension assembly. The crash was his second within the space of a week, as a driver error had caused a heavier impact at Hockenheim last Friday.
“I just ran out of road…I locked up and couldn’t stop it, but I don’t think aquaplaning was the problem,” Schumacher explained afterwards. “It was a bit of a strange one, but you’ve just got to forget about these things and move on.”
Schumacher added that, with Mercedes off the leading pace at present, more rain would present the team with a greater number of opportunities in Sunday’s race; his wish could be granted, as forecasters are predicting a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms for race day.