“Deleted” lap cost Schumi victory

Posted: March 14, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, External, Ferrari, FIA, Michael Schumacher, News, Teams

As reported on updatesports.com

Ferrari’s veteran driver had expected an extra 2.75 kilos of fuel to be added to his car prior to the race — which would have been enough for one more lap before his decisive last pit stop in the heated duel with Fernando Alonso.

But, after getting held up in traffic on one ‘top ten’ qualifying flyer on Saturday, the FIA deleted the lap – and therefore the fuel allocation – because it was not within 110 per cent of his pole position.

The first victim of the 110 percent rule !!

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  1. Keith says:

    While I agree he was a ‘victim’ of the 110% rule in that he didn’t get a lap of fuel back, I don’t think it cost him the race. After the first stops Alonso reeled Schumacher in at a second a lap and just sat on his rear wing after then.

    If Schumacher had stayed out a lap longer before his second stop, he would only have run into the same traffic that nearly scuppered Alonso.

    So, six of one and half a dozen of the other, I reckon.

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