Michael Schumacher has been cleared by the Canadian race stewards for his bump with former best racing friend Felipe Massa.

Autosport seems among the first to be reporting the news. There isn’t even anything at the FIA or official F1 sites.

To say the former seven-time world champion had an eventful race would be a major understatement. He pitted for new tires about 700 times, it seemed, cut several chicanes, battled with Toro Rosso cars and the Force India team (finally being passed by both in the closing moments to lose out on any points) and kept Massa from getting past him by blocking/break checking/doing nothing wrong. Take your pick.

The stewards — with the former driver advisory spot being filled by Emerson Fittipaldi — chose the latter. It was fine. Keep racing, Michael!

Of course, we maybe can begin asking again just how long the Schumacher experiment is going to go on. With more than a handful of race wins at the Montreal circuit, this seemed a track he might do well at. But he didn’t even outperform team mate Nico Rosberg.

So: Is it time for him to be thinking about coming up with a reason to bag out on his return? And did the stewards make the right decision?

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Negative Camber
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Negative Camber

Sure you do…Rascasse?

Negative Camber
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Negative Camber

Spa 1994? Jerez 1997?

tobytubes
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tobytubes

Recompense for Monaco? Sigh, it’s things like this that drag Schumacher down. The frustrating thing is that he is so sublimely talented that he never needed any of it to be a truly great, multiple, world champion. As it is he’ll always split opinion between the “genius” and “cheat” camps – both of which have a valid point. As for his return to the fray – it’s not looking good really is it. OK, the car isn’t how he’d want (or perhaps been led to believe) and in glimpses his talent shines through still – but what is the worry… Read more »

HaloZ
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HaloZ

what? man, I guess there are “Silver rules” or “The Schumi rules” (ahla Jordan), cuz he he was collecting front wings like Webber in a china shop.

The Imperative Voice
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The Imperative Voice

This is North ‘Merica and in North ‘Merica rubbin’s racin’.

The classic bit was when he and the Renault (I think) both went off-roading.

In all seriousness, there was quite a bit of carnage and if we’re handing out yellow cards then Schumi merits one but I have a longer list to give you than that. And it’s worth noting that when Force India passed him at the end he dropped out of the points. I felt like he looked quite human and passable today and that’s probably punishment enough.

ubergreg
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ubergreg

Was thinking the same thing.

An on-form MS might have been such fun to watch here, but he had an absolute s**t weekend at the office and that really was all the punishment he needed. I hope he’s better in Spain, because witnessing his racecraft on Sunday was painful.

mark h
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mark h

All this controversy around a man out-qualified by both Williams cars? Hardly seems worth it! (Sorry, I simply couldn’t resist.)

Negative Camber
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Negative Camber

Said the cheeky Mark H who’ll be suspiciously absent from the race review in which to slather Schumi even more. ;)

mark h
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mark h

Simultaneous Schumi-bashing and Williams praise – I’m in heaven. Still catching up on the coverage mate, so I’d be a worse-than-usual analyst this week.

“Umm, there was a race? Did Audi win?”

Monad
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Monad

There were so many incidents with Schumi fighting others that the stewards probably thought “what the hell will never go home, lets say it was racing”. But seriously though i was more surprised that they didn’t order him to let Luizzi pass him when he cut the chicane. That was an obvious one. As about his banking wheels and wings with other cars, i noticed something very specific that made Schumacher very dangerous to pass. When they tried to get by his side even if they could find enough space to fit there car by his side, he moved the… Read more »

JC_122
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JC_122

Can someone please clarify this for me – you’re allowed to retake the racing line, and you are allowed to brake at the point where your tires will allow you to take the corner. Surely if the problem Schumi had in accelerating was due to tires, it’s highly likely that he also had to brake that much earlier!

ubergreg
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ubergreg

Braking (in a straight line) places almost no lateral (cornering) load on the tyres, so there’s more grip available for the job of slowing down. Plus, most of the work would be done by the front tyres, which don’t suffer the absolute torture of channelling up to 750 horsepower into the ground AND cornering at the same time. Schumacher would have to slow down a fraction earlier during braking, but probably not by a massive amount When accelerating out of a corner, the available grip in the rear tyres has to be shared between cornering and accelerating (as mentioned) and… Read more »

Postlethwaite
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Postlethwaite

When you’re Schumacher, you don’t get penalties . . . you must be on drugs.
Penalties and constant rule changes were brought in to reduce the Schumacher brilliance by the Son of Blackshirt.
Now you are believeing your own nonsense.
Shuey deserves a break.

Chad
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Chad

He’s just getting ready for his switch to NASCAR.