Schumacher hits trouble at Indy

World championship leader Michael Schumacher hit trouble on the very first lap of Saturday's free practice session when his Ferrari ground to halt, reducing him to the role of spectator for the crucial 45-minute session

Schumacher hits trouble at Indy

Fortunately for Schumacher the track is still damp at present, but looks likely to dry as the session progresses. His F2003-GA stopped on the racing line of the Turn 9 hairpin but the session wasn't halted - despite the fact that it took the marshals over a minute to push him out of the way. He was then greeted with a cheery "Good morning sir!" from a corner worker, to which he didn't respond.

Schumacher was forced to watch the remainder of the session from the sidelines, and looked increasingly uncomfortable as the photographers encroached on his personal space. "I'm still looking the same now," he grumbled before motioning for a TV camera to back off.

Eventually he cheered up and had a chat with those around him, before concentrating on the cars that were on track during the session.

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