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Where it as lead-from-start-to-finish race for Felipe Massa and cool and calm driving from Fernando Alonso, it was not the same from Michael Schumacher. What we saw of him yesterday, was Michael Schumacer at his best, driving a superior car and ready to lock his horns with any and every one.

Michael SchumacherThough our hearts sank when his left-rear tyre got punctured and had to make a unscheduled pitstop. But the drive after that, is something that most of people will remember for a long time to come. The best part was the message that Reubens Barrichello got from his Race Engineer, “Michael is behind you, race him”.

And Giancarlo Fisichella showed the kind of deep trouble Renualt is going to be in next season, after making mistake by braking too late and missing the 1st turn when Schumacher was on his tail second time.

Kimi Raikkonen, showed he can fight, even if the driver is from the team he will be joining next year. But Michael really was on fire and there was nothing that Kimi could do more to stop him. We know, if he have had even 2 more laps to go, he would have been breathing down Button’s neck.

On his part, Button had a very good race, starting from 14th in the grid to 3rd. Honda indeed managed to get together a very competitive car for him.

Fernando AlonsoBut the toasts of the day went to Massa for winning the Brazilian Grand Prix [first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna won in 1993] and to Fernando Alonso for retaining his title for consecutive years. And as he said, retaining the title when Michael Schumacher was around.

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DollarsIn the wake of US$ 5 Million fine imposed on the organisers of Turkish GP, below is a list of some of the biggest fines in motorsport history.

  • US$5 Million Turkish Grand Prix organisers fined for controversial podium ceremony in August 2006 that had Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat handing out the winners’ trophy after the race in Istanbul.
  • US$1 Million Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and team mate Rubens Barrichello were fined for a breach of podium procedures after the infamous 2002 Austrian Grand Prix that saw Barrichello ordered to move over for Schumacher at the end after leading the entire race.
  • US$1 Million South Korean carmaker Hyundai fined in 2004 for missing four rounds of the World Rally championship.
  • US$1 Million Hungarian Grand Prix organisers fined after a track invasion at the 1998 race won by Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher.
  • US$500,000 Benetton fined after Schumacher ignored a black flag warning at the 1994 British Grand Prix.
  • US$200,000 Benetton and Williams pay the price after being found guilty of using irregular fuel at the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • US$100,000 McLaren and Benetton each fined by FIA after failing to make computer codes available immediately after the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • US$100,000 Brazilian Grand Prix organisers fined for safety problems during the 2000 GP. Qualifying was interrupted three times after advertising hoardings fell on the track. One hit French driver Jean Alesi.
  • US$100,000 Brazilian Ayrton Senna fined for dangerous driving at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. He later accused FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre of manipulating the championship. McLaren paid the fine.
  • US$50,000 McLaren fined and lost 10 points in the constructors’ championship for a missing seal on an electronic control unit after Finland’s Mika Hakkinen won the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix. Hakkinen kept the race win.
  • US$50,000 McLaren fined for fuel irregularities at 1997 Belgian Grand Prix.
  • US$50,000 Ferrari fined for vandalism at Portugal’s Estoril circuit in 1994 after mechanics helped break down a locked door to leave the track after working on the team’s cars.

Courtsey: Reuters

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