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Did Schumacher’s plan backfire?

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux

 
 
 

Without the direction and motivation of team orders it is not often that F1 drivers contrive to independently manipulate the results of a Grand Prix. But on this day in 2002, at the United States GP at Indianapolis, Michael Schumacher tried to stage a dead-heat finish with Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.


The plan seemingly backfired, as Schumacher, who had led the race throughout, appeared to misjudge his exit from the final corner and fell back handing the win to Rubens by a scant 0.011 seconds. It was Ferrari's eighth one-two finish of the season.

After the race it was suggested that Michael had let Rubens win as payback for Rubens dutifully following team orders by moving over to allow Michael to win that year’s Austrian GP.

 

Make what you will of Schumacher’s reported remarks: "The end of the race was not planned. We tried to cross the line together but failed by a tiny bit and in fact we did not know who had won until we got out of the cars. I just felt Rubens deserved to win this race."
 

So, what do you think? Did Schumacher hand the win to Barichello or did the great German make the smallest of errors?

photocredits: PlanetF1

 

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