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GP Week : Issue 157
Michael Schumacher’s luckless season at the wheel of the sometimes impressive W02 continued unabated as he was forced to retire for the fifth time this year. Like the majority of his previous retirements, a mechanical problem was to blame, this time when his DRS jammed open. An early pitstop from eight place on lap 13, having started ninth on the grid, had already hampered Schumacher’s race, as he lay 12th at mid distance, with little prospects of a points finish. Any chance of climbing into the top ten suddenly vanished on lap 43 when his DRS jammed open while following Kamui Kobayashi. He pitted twice to see if the problem could be rectified, but despite much pushing and shoving, the wing was jammed solid and he was forced to retire. The team later confirmed that a hydraulic issue with the DRS system had caused the jam. “Unfortunately, our weekend in Montreal didn't turn out trouble-free for me and a hydraulic problem with the DRS forced me to end my race early,” confirmed Michael. “At first, I didn't know exactly what the problem was; I overshot the corner, ran through the grass and asked myself what was going on. Then the team told me about the problem and I saw it in the mirrors. “Of course it's disappointing for all of us but it's not a question of pointing fingers; stuff like this happens.” DRS TO BLAME THIS TIME AS SCHUMACHER RECORDS FIFTH RETIREMENT 28 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> CANADA