Ralf Schumacher could besanctioned over China GP

28th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2004 , HAMBURG - German Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher could face sanctions from his Williams-BMW team for refusing to continue racing at the Chinese Grand Prix after a pit stop delay, Germany's Bild daily reported on Tuesday. "I can not accept Ralf's behaviour. This incident could result in consequences for him," Bild quoted team boss Frank Williams as saying. There was speculation that Schumacher, who will leave for Toyota after the season, could be replaced by test driver Antonio Pizzon

28 September 2004

HAMBURG - German Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher could face sanctions from his Williams-BMW team for refusing to continue racing at the Chinese Grand Prix after a pit stop delay, Germany's Bild daily reported on Tuesday.

"I can not accept Ralf's behaviour. This incident could result in consequences for him," Bild quoted team boss Frank Williams as saying.

There was speculation that Schumacher, who will leave for Toyota after the season, could be replaced by test driver Antonio Pizzonia for the final two 2004 races in Japan and Brazil.

Schumacher was set to come to the pits with a tyre problem during Sunday's race in Shanghai, but was told to wait because team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya was to be serviced first.

The German parked the car in the pits before being told to continue racing, which he refused because of a big time deficit on the leaders.

"I am supposed to have behaved unsportsmanlike? They didn't want me at the pits because they were waiting for Montoya. When I cut the engine I was supposed to get in to the car again. But I was trailing by one minute by then," said Schumacher.

The Chinese Grand Prix had marked Schumacher's first race following a 12-week injury layoff.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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