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GP Week : Issue 138
The big collision of the Korean Grand Prix came courtesy of a dramatic lap 16 shunt between vitaly Petrov and Michael Schumacher that brought out the Safety Car. The two men came together at Turn 4 and scattered debris across the track. Petrov took full responsibility for the accident and apologised to Schumacher as soon as the pair were reunited in the paddock. “ I apologise to Michael; it was my fault and not his,” the Renault driver said. “I tried to focus on Alonso to gain and defend one position, then I tried to out-brake and was on the dirty side – even Fernando was on the outside and also missed the corner.” It’s far from the first time that Schumacher and Petrov have come together on track this season, but both drivers were pragmatic about the loss of potential points. “ Well I was certainly facing the wrong direction and saw my wing come flying down and pass by,” Schumacher joked afterwards. “ That’s racing, it happens occasionally – I was focussed on what was in front and not behind, but there you go. “I have to say that we have had some great racing together this year, so to have a couple of get-togethers ... the first two were my fault and maybe this time it’s his, but that’s racing.” Following the race, Petrov was issued with a five-place grid penalty at the India Grand Prix for causing a collision. Petrov and Schumacher come together in massive shunt F1 KOREA >> 33