Schumacher gets 10 place grid penalty for Japanese GP

Michael Schumacher was hit with a 10-place grid penalty after acknowledging responsibility over a huge crash during the Singapore Grand Prix.

The penalty to be hand out at next race in Japan, the German Michael Schumacher crashed with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne soon after the departure of a safety car.

Seven times world champion had admitted fault to take into report his lower braking power following the safety car, which allowed his tyres to cool and lose grip.

“The driver admitted the collision was his error,” race organisers said in an announcement.

“I just went straight on the brakes very hard, locked up everything and tried to brake as hard as possible but the accident wasn’t avoidable any more,” Schumacher said.

“Obviously I feel sorry for Jean-Eric… but we need to find out what happened.”

Vergne instantly put his arm around Schumacher following the crash and decline to be angry with the celebrated German.

“I was pretty focused on overtaking (Sauber’s Sergio) Perez. I had a good move on him and at the end, braking, I just got hit by Michael,” Vergne said.

“It’s done, I have nothing to say. It’s just a shame. It doesn’t make any sense to be pissed off about it.”

Images © Toro Rosso/Getty Images

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