Brawn blames Fisichella for puncture
|Sunday, October 22nd 2006, 19:00 GMT|
Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn blamed Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella for a puncture that wrecked Michael Schumacher's hopes of winning his final Formula One Grand Prix.
"I don't think we could have done any better. It's just frustrating with the constructors' (standings) because we obviously had a very quick car today," he told Germany's Premiere television at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I think Giancarlo clipped Michael's tyre as he went past him and screwed our race. So it's very unfortunate because we had by far the quickest car today."
Schumacher, retiring with seven world titles and 91 wins, finished fourth after fighting back from last place. Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa won the race.
The German collected the puncture after passing Fisichella, whose Renault team retained their constructors' title, for fifth place on lap nine.
Television footage seemed to suggest the cars actually touched.
Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone were unsure about the cause of the puncture.
"There is a cut in the tyre. You will have to ask Ferrari how it was caused," said a Bridgestone spokesman.