Saturday, 27 May 2006

controversy in qualifying

Monaco: the grand prix with the most thrills and spills. The race track winds through the tiny city streets, flanked by imposing metal barriers. There's little chance of overtaking and quite a few accidents occur when one car fails to turn in time and crashes on the side, blocking the track for everyone else. There's a tunnel involved as well, with terrible visibility coming out. Anyone could be crashed in the first turn outside the tunnel and you wouldn't know until you were on top of them.

With only a few minutes to go until the end of qualifying, Michael Schumacher had set the fastest lap time so far. Alonso was on a hot lap, trying to beat the time. Schumi was in one of the last corners of his in lap and (allegedly) experienced some difficulty turning. He slowed the car down and managed to keep from crashing, but ended up stalling the car next to the barrier. Alonso was forced to avoid his car as he finished his hot lap, thus Alonso was slowed every so slightly on what could have been the fastest lap yet. Flavio Briatore, Alonso's team manager was livid and said that Michael did it on purpose to ensure his pole position for the race tomorrow. As qualifying finished, other teams were also going to talk to the race stewards and there's talk of having Michael's race time deleted. But how could they prove that Michael ruined the other drivers' laps on purpose? Stay tuned, or visit Formula One for updates.

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