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Michael Schumacher happy with fifth in Italian GP
Michael Schumacher declared himself very happy with his performance in the Italian Grand Prix after coming home in fifth place.
The Mercedes driver was one of the protagonists of the early part of the event, when he was embroiled in a close battle with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton for third position.
In the end Schumacher dropped down the order to fifth, but the seven-time champion felt he had extract everything from his car and was pleased with the result.
"It was an exciting race today, both for me and I think for all of our fans, and that is why I am happy," said Schumacher. "The fighting against Lewis was big fun, and my mirrors seemed to be very small at times.
"We are both known for driving on the limit, and that is what we did. I had to make my car as wide as a truck, and had to stretch the possible as much as I could, but in the end, as expected, he was still faster.
"The start was ideal, I held back on purpose at first in order to use the grip perfectly afterwards, and then the left side was all free.
"To make the most of your possibilities is the maximum possible at times, and that is why I had fun today, especially knowing that there is more to come in the future, with all the support we have from Mercedes."
Team-mate Nico Rosberg's race lasted just one corner, after which he was taken out by the HRT of Tonio Liuzzi, who had lost control of his car on the grass.
"It was a disappointing race for me today in Monza," he said. "I had a difficult start on my prime tyres but still managed to gain a place at the first corner, so it was quite good.
"Then Liuzzi flew like a torpedo over the grass and put me out of the race. It's a pity because I had a strong strategy and, as Michael's good result showed, our car was very strong this afternoon."
Schumacher's driving at Monza was 'pretty harsh'
Michael Schumacher has been accused of 'pretty harsh' driving in his robust defences against Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix. The Mercedes GP driver battled hard with Hamilton over much of the Monza race, and at one point forced the British driver on to the grass at the Curva Grande so as to avoid a collision.
Hamilton complained about Schumacher's driving on the team radio many times, and his team boss Martin Whitmarsh has said that he too was not happy with what he saw.
Asked for his verdict on Schumacher's driving, Whitmarsh said: "Pretty harsh. I am not the least impartial but the fact is, I think he was warned twice by the stewards during the event so they presumably saw it was a bit tough. I think the one where he had Lewis on the grass was a scary as hell."
Whitmarsh believes that Hamilton handled the situation brilliantly - and tempered his frustration well.
"He had a fair amount of provocation and frustration in that race, and I think someone drove him off the circuit pretty aggressively at one stage.
"He could, at the first corner, have stuck it out for second and lost a wing, but he was calmer than I was throughout that phase, so congratulations to him.
"He is growing and developing. He is going to win some races this year and set some of those [recent] issues behind him."
Schumacher reprimanded for Perez crash in the Singapore Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher has been given a reprimand for his accident with Sergio Perez during the Singapore Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver clipped the back of Perez's Sauber when trying to pass the Mexican rookie on lap 28 of the race.
Although Perez could continue in the race, he was forced to come into the pits to replace a punctured tyre.
Schumacher said the accident, which forced him to retire, had been a misunderstanding with Perez, but the FIA stewards gave the German a reprimand for the incident.
"I think Michael was too optimistic with what he tried," said Perez. "It is a shame to have lost a place to Felipe (Massa) in the end, but the tyres were finished and I couldn't defend anymore."
The FIA has also fined Team Lotus 10,000 euros for the unsafe release of Heikki Kovalainen into the path of race leader Sebastian Vettel during his final pitstop.
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