Michael Schumacher said he sent Rubens Barrichello a text message to apologise for nearly pushing him into the pit wall during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Schumacher also added his congratulations as Barrichello marks his 300th Grand Prix start this weekend. During today’s press conference he said:
I have no problem speaking to Rubens, absolutely, but there were two reasons I sent him a text and one of the main reasons was that it’s his 300th Grand Prix. We have quite a history together, so I thought it was appropriate to congratulate him and clarify the point.
He sort of felt that I wanted to push him against the wall and very clearly, this was not my ambition. I wanted to race very tightly but without any wall contact and to clarify this point, if he felt this was the case then I was sorry for that.
Schumacher will lose ten places on the grid for Sunday’s race as punishment for his driving at Hungary.
He said he’s hoping for a repeat of his performance here in 1995, when he won the race having started 16th on the grid:
I like to remember ’95, and probably I’m in a similar position here this weekend. Me being here in Spa, having this situation, having the memory of that year it’s good [to] look forward.
2010 Belgian Grand Prix