Schumacher's move was a hard racing move. The stewards deemed it was too hard even if Rubens could have gone left. He received a 10 place grid penalty. Opinions differ on how hard you think it was, but the fact is the stewards deemed it too hard and penalised him accordingly and sufficiently for that. Done.
I think the worst part of the aftermath is dealing with Barrichello's whining. Suggesting Schumacher is going to hell is utterly childish especially as you have categorically and publicly stated you are not going to discuss the event with him. If that is the case your whining ends there and then, but Rubens always has been a baby - even last season.
Pushing someone into the wall has been done several times by numerous drivers, obviously it always comes to a peak when Schumacher does it because that's the reaction he provokes. Ruben's Barrichello's move across back onto the track forcing Schumacher to dive out the way in a split second was nothing shot of an attempt to ram him... quite silly to respond in that manner.
Besides, Schumacher was just unlucky that it was him who made that sort of move first. 100% if Ruben's had been stuck behind Schumacher for a few more laps, you would have seen them both collide and retire with one of Ruben's classic frustrated overtaking moves like we saw time and time again last season when he found himself far behind where he should have been in a car capable of more. And as it was Schumacher has was passing it probably would have been even more desperate and wild than any of his 09 moves.
Great to see Schumacher fighting every inch of the track to defend his position, maybe he did push it a little too far in many peoples eyes, but to be honest if he had left another 1/2 cars length the reaction of everyone would have been exactly the same! If it had been Schumacher chopping Alonso at the start in Germany the reactions would be huge, but it was Vettel... so they weren't. We've all been around long enough to know people react 10x to Schumacher what they would to anyone else...
Schumacher took an insane
risk with his and several other people's lives, and only just got away with it. People keep saying what's the difference...... Vettel moving over at the start etc.. Well, the difference is approximately 200kph, and in all cases Vettel, and others who have moved over at the start, have always left more than enough room and backed off when it was sensible to do so; Schumacher did not, he could of had no idea just how close Barrichello was to the wall, he knew that he had pushed him completely off the circuit as delineated by the white line leaving Barrichello no option but to continue the move, because had RB braked with the right hand wheels on the shit up against the wall, and the left hand wheels on a better surface, his car would have turned left into the car of Schumacher.
What Schumacher did cannot in any way be justified, but can be explained by Schumacher's sense of inferiority, as he is always behind Senna in any straw poll of the best of the best, and in his mind he's probably thinking "Well, Senna did this sort of thing, so perhaps if I do, they'll finally think I am better than Senna..." Either that or he is a psychopath!
Edited by Buttoneer, 02 August 2010 - 12:21.