The car wouldn't decelerate, says Schumacher
23 September 2012 – Michael Schumacher believes a mechanical problem may have been the root cause of his crash with Jean-Éric Vergne in the Singapore Grand Prix. After the first Safety Car, the Mercedes slammed into the back of the Toro Rosso in a similar incident to last year.
In 2011, Schumacher flew over the back of Sauber’s Sergio Pérez at Turn 8. On this occasion, Vergne was removed from a points-paying position at Turn 14.
“I mean, first of all, after the Safety Car I braked a little earlier than I normally do at that corner,” Schumacher explained to reporters.
“But the car wouldn’t decelerated so I got on the brakes very hard and locked up everything, but the accident wasn’t avoidable anymore. Obviously I feel sorry that Jean-Éric had to retire for that reason but we need to investigate what happened.”
Vergne immediate drew a line under the accident.
"I assume Michael braked a bit too late and could not avoid running into me," he said back in the paddock. "There is no sense in being angry about it because these things happen in racing and even the most experienced driver on the grid can make mistakes! He said sorry and that’s the end of it.”
Respective team-mates Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and ninth.
- The Schumacher-Vergne crash can be viewed on GPUpdate TV
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