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GP Week : Issue 164
26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Michael Schumacher’s luckless 2012 campaign continued full steam ahead as he racked up his sixth retirement in 11 races after a nightmare Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s qualifying session hadn’t delivered much hope for the German as he lined up in 17th place on the grid. Things went further downhill when the first start was aborted by race control (the reason for which is unknown at time of writing), with escalating temperatures prompting Schumacher to switch off his engine. That forced him to start from the pitlane, where he would return twice in the first four laps because of a puncture and a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane. He raced on and had climbed to 18th when he decided to retire. “Our engine temperatures were very high before the start, and when the yellow lights came on, I switched the engine off,” he explained. “After I had started from the pit lane, I picked up a penalty and then a puncture. “So all in all, the beginning of the race was not very pleasant for us. Everything you do not need came together. “We did not have full telemetry before the start and during the period of overheating, and this is why we finally decided to retire so as not risk any damage which might make us suffer in the next race. Now we can now check the car properly before the break and prior to Spa.” ABORTED START COSTS SCHUMACHER F1 >>> BUDAPEST