Schumacher handed grid penalty

Michael Schumacher has been handed a 10-place grid penalty after a collision with the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne.

The German’s brakes failed but this did not halt the FIA in punishing Schumacher with a whopping 10-place grid penalty. Schumacher was launched into the back of Vergne’s car which took both driver’s out of the race in almost perfect symetry with 2011 when Schumacher was launched over the back of Sergio Perez.

Schumacher claimed that his brakes failed and that even though he was pressing the pedal, they weren’t responding. He eventually got a slight response from them which enabled him to brake somewhat and lock up the tyre’s before hitting Vergne.

It is also a similar incident to the one in Barcelona involving Bruno Senna. In that occasion, Schumacher was handed a 5-place grid penalty which proved costly as he got pole position in Monaco 2 weeks later but was demoted to 6th.

The stewards are still deliberating on the Vettel/Button incident.

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