Sato: No Problems with Schumacher

Takuma Sato may be handicapped by a 10-place grid penalty this weekend for his part in a collision with Michael Schumacher in Belgium two weeks ago, but a chance encounter in a toilet has at least meant the air is now clear with the seven-times World Champion

Sato: No Problems with Schumacher

Schumacher was furious with Sato at Spa after the Japanese driver ran into the back of him at La Source hairpin following a restart after a Safety Car period.

But speaking at Interlagos on Friday, Sato said that the pair had subsequently cleared up their differences following a talk in a far from usual place.

"We are okay, it is in the past," said Sato. "It's all done now. I spoke to him in the toilet."

Despite settling the matter with Schumacher, Sato knows he will face an uphill battle to get a decent result in Brazil this weekend because of the grid penalty. And it could have knock-on consequences for his home race in Japan in two weeks.

"We are confident we have a good car here, and we really need the momentum for Suzuka," he said. "Obviously I have to think positively because we have so much work we have to do.

"It is highly likely I am starting towards the back of the grid. I have to be optimistic to overtake people from the back of the grid. We need good results here to compete at Suzuka."

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