Schuey: I was looking for a dead heat

Michael Schumacher has claimed that he was trying to create a dead heat finish to the United States Grand Prix when he allowed Rubens Barrichello to draw alongside at the finish in Indianapolis

Schuey: I was looking for a dead heat

The Brazilian was credited with the victory by a scant 0.01s, the closest finish in Formula 1 history. But the strange formation finish left some of the American crowd booing, which was reminiscent of the reaction to the team orders controversy at the Austrian GP earlier this year.

Although Schumacher said that a dead heat was his intention, he also added that Barrichello was deserving of a victory and that the result was a form of payback for the sacrfices his team-mate has made for Ferrari this year.

"The end of the race was not planned," Schumacher said. "We tried to cross the line together but failed by a tiny bit and in fact we did not know who had won until we got out of the cars.

"I just felt Rubens deserved to win this race. He has made sacrifices for me at least twice this year and I guess that what goes around comes around.

"It is fair to say that both of us understood and accepted the decision in Austria, because we know that the interests of the team come first. I feel that today equalises what happened there, even though we were trying to finish side by side.

"We have set many records this year and now we have one for the closest finish!"

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