Schumacher: no grudge with Zonta

Formula 1 World Championship leader Michael Schumacher has said he is not bitter at being punted out of the Austrian Grand Prix at the first corner by Ricardo Zonta

Schumacher: no grudge with Zonta

The hard-driving German has been under pressure all weekend due to his ruthless racing style, and was jostling for third place when he was hit from behind at Castrol Kurve by the British American Racing driver as the field swarmed into the first corner.

"It was obviously Ricardo's fault," said Schumacher. "He obviously misjudged his ability but I don't hold anything against him. We all make mistakes and I've made mistakes in the past. Maybe I will have a quiet word with him later but I don't think he would have done it deliberately. He is not that sort of driver."

After examining footage of the incident the race stewards gave Zonta a 10 second stop-go penalty 20 minutes into the race, knocking the Brazilian down nine places to fifth.

Schumacher has received criticism from all quarters this weekend with Eddie Irvine slating him as a bully, Jacques Villeneuve saying he lacked ethics and David Coulthard warning someone would get hurt if he continued his ruthless tactics.

After today's McLaren one-two finish the German will head to his home Grand Prix at Hockenheim in two weeks with only a six point championship lead.

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