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Schumacher admits to Ferrari errors in Melbourne

Schumacher admits to Ferrari errors in Melbourne
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Michael Schumacher has admitted that Ferrari's drivers contributed to the Italian team's dismal opening race of the season in Melbourne last Sunday.

The former champion told Auto Motor und Sport that Felipe Massa's first corner crash, and subsequent collision with David Coulthard, were both driver errors.

Schumacher said a post-race analysis shows that Massa was in too low a gear when he spun into the barriers on lap one at Albert Park.

"At the moment we do not know why," he said, "but now without traction control, and on cold tyres, the car in that moment becomes very critical."

Schumacher also said that, while Coulthard should shoulder some of the responsibility, Massa was to blame for the crash later in the race.

"You have to say that David could have been a little cleverer about it," he said, "but there is no question that Felipe was the cause."

On reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen, Schumacher said the Finn was "too optimistic" as he made two notable driving errors in Melbourne.
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Haha Schumacher admits... He's saying he would do better, which he'll probably do. Kimi was too eager to catch up though. Massa, accidents happen.

Did Schumacher drive F1 without traction control? Anyone knows?
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lol... he IS saying that he would do better! He's one of the best drivers in the world!

To me, he is right next to Keiichi Tsuchiya, Aryton Senna, and Colin McRae!

Heck, to Schumi, the whole F1 grid probably feel like teenagers who just got their license!
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The last paragraph of Ross Brawn's interview (see thread: Exclusive interview - Honda’s Ross Brawn) with his views re Michael Schumacher says it all.
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Haha Schumacher admits... He's saying he would do better, which he'll probably do. Kimi was too eager to catch up though. Massa, accidents happen.

Did Schumacher drive F1 without traction control? Anyone knows?
He most certainly did, although those that remember 1994 will recall the bad press around the Benetton that year having illegal traction control, giving it a distinct advantage at the start and also out of slow speed corners.

But he has plenty of experience at it, and showed in pre-season testing that he could still cut it.

Personally I would love to see him in the Prancing Horse up against Hamilton in the Silver Arrow - come back now!!!

"David could have been cleverer" - what, he could have conceded the racing line?

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I'm not sure that Schumi could do better overall but for sure that race was very bad for Ferrari, both drivers looked like they just woke up and got there late! Way too chaotic!
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