Schumacher switched off engine to save it
29 July 2012 – Michael Schumacher has said that he purposely switched off his engine while sitting on the starting grid in Hungary. After the start was aborted for no official reason so far, the Mercedes driver noticed that engine temperatures were becoming precariously high.
Initially, it seemed as though Schumacher may have repeated Takuma Sato’s error of Silverstone 2005 by accidently fumbling the cut-off switch.
“The yellow lights came on and the engine temperatures were going pretty high,” Schumacher explained. “I decided to switch off the engine because we were waiting for so long. Then I had a drive-through penalty because the pit limiter didn’t work properly.”
Schumacher also suffered a puncture before becoming the first retirement. The result was a stark contrast to that of 2001 with Ferrari, when he picked up his fourth world title.