• Turkish Grand Prix

Schumacher accepts blame for Petrov clash

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Michael Schumacher: "The incident with Petrov kind of dictated my race: we were very close and I was surprised that we touched but it was mostly my mistake" © Sutton Images
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Michael Schumacher took the blame for his collision with Vitaly Petrov at the Turkish Grand Prix, which ultimately cost the Mercedes driver a points finish at Istanbul Park.

Schumacher damaged his front wing during the accident and was forced to make an early pit stop, ruining his race strategy. Petrov had been attempting to pass into turn 12 but was squeezed hard under braking and the pair made contact.

"A lot of fighting and action today, and that was probably the positive part of my race," Schumacher said after going on to have a number of cleaner fights for position. "Obviously I am not very happy with my weekend, but I'm responsible myself for the result. The incident with Petrov kind of dictated my race: we were very close and I was surprised that we touched but it was mostly my mistake. After making such an early stop, the way the race played out was given from there."

However, Schumacher said he had been buoyed by the team's performance over the weekend after team-mate Nico Rosberg qualified third and finished fifth.

"What we can take away from this weekend in Turkey is that we have confirmed our good trend and we still have things to come to help us deliver more of our potential."

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