Michael Schumacher ignores blue flag but intentions not deliberate to hold up Romain Grosjean

As Red Bull Sebastian Vettel went on to victory at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit, things were not all hunky dory…

As Red Bull Sebastian Vettel went on to victory at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit, things were not all hunky dory for Michael Schumacher. Schumacher, 43, ignored the blue flags during the race and was summoned by to stewards after the race. It was being investigated whether Schumacher deliberately ignored to flags to impede Romain Grosjean during the race but after speaking to stewards it was conceded that this was not a deliberate attempt to hold up Grosjean.

On further inspection into the incident it was found that Grosjean in car No.10 did not close the gap enough to necessitate Schumacher in car No.7 to move out of the way as per rules indicated in Appendix H Article 2.4.5 (d) of the International Sporting Code.

Schumacher did reasonably well in three free practice sessions ahead of the Airtel Grand Prix. He started the race on Sunday from 14th on the grid but by the time the cars reached the first corner his race was as good as over as Jean Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso ripped his rear tyre making Schumacher head to the pits. This was a huge disappointment for his fans at the BIC, many of whom carried banners wishing Schumacher farewell.