Schumacher wanted to 'warm-up' for his press briefing © LAT
At the start of Schumacher's afternoon press briefing on the ground floor of the Mercedes 'motorhome', BBC TV commentator Ben Edwards asked the German a very rational question about the current philosophy of F1 towards tyres. He got short shrift, seemingly because Schumacher felt that Edwards had gone too hard, too soon on cold rubber.
"Usually, when you come to a race weekend, you don't start straight away with the race, you start with the warm-up, you start with the practice, qualifying and then you go to the race," said Schumacher. "Maybe you do the same in this press conference."
Edwards, understandably slightly baffled by this unorthodox response, took it in his stride, chucked a few 'free practice' questions Schuey's way. Then, ever the expert broadcaster, he put forward exactly the same poser again. Fortunately, Schumacher was by now adequately warmed up and laid out his case, concluding that he was "quite happy that we have initiated the discussion."