So you believe that Schumacher had a right to continue moving right at this point? This is the crux of the legality/illegality of his defence.
No it's not. It's not up to a leading car to get out of the way of an overtaking car.
Watch the in-car footage of Ruben's car from the exit of the previous corner.
1) Schumacher was continuously headed to the inside from the exit.
2) At the point where Rubens pulled out, there *was* enough room. This, however, is irrelevant, because Schumacher would have had to at that moment decided to suddenly drive *straight*. There was absolutely no reason for him to do this.
It was not his responsibility to do so.
3) Schumacher continued his line towards the inside. Rubens accelerates;
4) Right at the point in which Rubens gets his front wheels alongside Schumacher's rear, *his front right tire is already off the track*. This is not "making a pass"; this is *driving off the course*. It is also not Schumacher's fault: Schumacher held his line, *Rubens* changed his line.
5) By the time he gets his front wheels halfway up Schumacher's chassis, he's almost completely off the track. This is the picture everyone keeps posting: but it doesn't tell the story outlined above
, which is technically legal and RACING.
At that point it was Ruben's bullheadedness to force his way through.
Schumacher very clearly was already headed towards the side of the track; *Rubens* decided to try to go around. That the track ran out is not Schumacher's fault. He was making his defensive move, and it *was* up to Rubens to try to go for it. Rubens *did* have the choice to jink back to the left and go around the outside - *then* Schumacher would not have had an answer without blocking.
IF Schumacher had been going straight, and cut into him once he was alongside, that would be different. Showing a picture of Ruben's alongside doesn't mean anything at all; it's what happened *before* it got to that point. That was quite frankly a battle of nerves, but one instigated by Rubens deciding to go for it, NOT Schumacher closing the door BEFORE Rubens pulled out to try to go around.
It was close: the problem is that the *track* ends where the white line is. A different part of the track - without the pit wall - would have meant Ruben's would have had to drive *on the grass* to get his front wheels up.