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Michael Schumacher given five place grid drop for Monaco // Collision with Bruno Senna sends Schumacher five places back

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Michael Schumacher given five place grid drop for Monaco
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Michael Schumacher has been handed a five place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks time, after his crash with Bruno Senna during the race in Spain today. The Mercedes driver crashed into the back of the Williams on the thirteenth lap of the race, spinning both drivers off into the gravel. Schumacher was out of the car immediately, whilst Senna attempted to get his car back to the pitlane, eventually coming to a halt further round the track.

Immediately after the event, Michael laid the blame at Bruno’s door, saying: “You can see he moved right to defend his position, but right in the braking zone he moved left. I tried to move into the inside but too late. It was very frustrating. We would have got good points.”

Senna had a different take on the incident: “He's not going to say it's his own fault. He had much newer tyres than me, I guess our braking points were quite different into turn one. I already saw Grosjean braking late into turn one and hitting me, I didn't want Michael to do the same...”

The stewards investigated after the race, and clearly sided with Senna on the issue as it is Schumacher who gets the penalty.