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Schumacher is the greatest driver ever but no one is infallible. He made a mistake but he had the skill to recover the car without crashing - however, he was misplaced on the track right up against the wall. As he clearly explained, he did not want to then reverse into a blind corner with oncoming traffic and the car (which as all F1 cars is very sensitive) stalled. No cheating, just a mistake with a good recovery. Naturally, he looks a bit embarrassed after making such a mistake, especially when people start accusing him and he knows that it ended up hampering others. It's the same with the Damon Hill incident. He crashed but he tried to recover - and Damon crashed into him. Next time you crash into somebody from behind try telling the person's insurance company it's not your fault and see how you go. You crash from behind - your fault - end of story.
My thoughts exactly. I thought I was the only one who believed Schumi was innocent in the Damon Hill incident. Remember when Schumi crashed in the back of Coulthard in bad visibility. I can't remember everyone in the paddock running up and down calling DC a cheat. I can't remember them shouting out that DC's body language proved it was deliberate.
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The other thing is that I think Schumi made a similar mistake at Monaco a few years ago. He was leading the race by a country mile and then ran too deep into a corner but was able to point it the right way and carry on - he lost quite a few seconds but had such a margin he won. So he's vulnerable to these sorts of errors probably because he is more at the limit than other drivers (and so over the long run is the best).