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BMW Sauber
As reported on HomeofSport

The remnants of the ‘flexi-wing’ saga are likely to soon end, with BMW-Sauber asked by the FIA at Indianapolis to bring modified rear bodywork to Magny Cours.

according to British magazine Autosport, it now emerges that – after a closer look and an unique test at Indianapolis – FIA inspectors ruled that Hinwil-based BMW should stiffen an element of the wing for the French grand prix.

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Poll Results

And the results say the story.

Majority of votes[18 votes/40.91%] found Michael Schumacher guilty of the stopping deliberately in Monaco qualifiers, whereby 20.45% people [9 votes] stood with him, not ready to believe that he could do something like this.

25% of the people [11 votes] are of people like me, who saw & heard about everything that happened and believe that he “might” have stopped deliberately, but still are not 100% convinced. And rest 13.64% [6 votes] decided not to get their hands dirty!

I am not going to give a verdict here, since like most of you I don’t have seen the “evidence” which prompted the stewards to pronounce him guilty. In other words, I don’t believe myself to be capable enough to put in a final word from these stats point of view.

The results are in front of you, to make your own judgement. Feel free to have your say.

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The FIA’s Statement:

“Having set a fast time in sector one, the driver lost time in sector two, arrived at Turn 18 at a speed little, if any, different from his previous fastest lap, and braked with such force that his front wheels locked up, requiring the driver to regain control of the car.

The driver ultimately did so without hitting the barrier on the outside of Turn 18. The engine of the car subsequently stalled, with the result of the car partially blocked the track.

Having compared all relevant data, the stewards can find no justifiable reason for the driver to have braked with such undue, excessive and unusual pressure at this part of the circuit, and are therefore left with no alternatives but to conclude that the driver deliberately stopped his car on the circuit in the last few minutes of qualifying, at a time at which he had thus far set the fastest laptime.

The video showing Schumi’s qualifier drive

So what are your views on the matter ? Was it delibrate or just another driver trying a little too hard ? Feel free to write down your thoughts.

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