Archive for Thursday, June 13, 2002

Schumacher might lose title

Grand Prix crown to be awarded to Ferrari teammate?

June 13, 2002


— Formula One officials are set to strip Michael Schumacher of his Austrian Grand Prix victory, the magazine Auto, Motor and Sport said Wednesday.

The German trade publication quoted sources from FIA, the sport's governing body, saying Rubens Barrichello, Schumacher's Ferrari teammate, would be awarded the grand prix title.

Ferrari sports director Jean Todt ordered Barrichello to slow down on the final straight of the May 12 race, allowing Schumacher to win the race and help his bid for a fifth world title.

The magazine said the 23-member FIA world council favors basing the race result on the penultimate lap when a hearing is held June 26 in Paris. Barrichello was ahead of Schumacher at that point.

Schumacher has no comment.

Richard Woods, a spokesman for Geneva-based FIA, said Wednesday it would be "entirely inappropriate to comment in advance of the World Motorsport Council decision."

If Schumacher is stripped of the title, he would get six points for finishing second instead of the 10 points awarded to the winner.

The difference would not be enough to threaten Schumacher's 43-point lead over William BMW drivers' Juan Montoya and younger brother Ralf Schumacher.

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