3 Aug 2010

Schumacher apologises to Barrichello

5:07 pm on 3 August 2010

The German motor racing driver Michael Schumacher has apologised to Rubens Barrichello after almost driving his former Ferrari team mate into a concrete wall in a 300kph duel at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Monday.

The seven-times world champion said on his website that he agreed with the stewards' decision to hand him a 10-place penalty on the starting grid for his next race, the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month.

Schumacher admits he was trying to make it hard for him to pass but wasn't trying to endanger him with the move.

The Mercedes driver finished 11th in the race at the Hungaroring while Barrichello took the final point for Williams after holding his nerve and forcing his way past.

After the race Barrichello said that he had been millimetres from the wall in what he said was the most dangerous manoeuvre he had experienced in a career that reaches 300 race starts in Belgium.