June.26 – Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher get the blame for his crash with Petrov during the European GP at Valencia. German speedy made contact with the Renault at the first corner when the former champion rejoined the track after a pitstop, an incident which damaged the Mercedes’ front wing. Finally Schumacher finished down in 17th place.
“Not a very satisfying race for me today,” said Schumacher. “The outcome was decided after lap 15 when I slid into Petrov and lost the points I could perhaps have achieved. Our race pace should have allowed me to finish more or less where I started, but that is only speculation after the incident.
“I saw Petrov quite late, even though I was aware that he was coming, and tried to brake as late as possible and go round the corner with him. But when I wanted to draw back, I locked the front wheel and slipped into him, which was clearly my mistake. From then onwards, the race was done and I just had to drive the car over the finish line. We will now look ahead to Silverstone which is one of our home races. Team-mate Nico Rosberg was seventh in the race.
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