Schumacher out after rare Mechanical failure

A late suspension failure has put Michael Schumacher out of the Monaco Grand Prix. One arm of the lower left rear wishbone failed and flew off the car at the beginning off the start finish straight. Schumacher then had to crawl round a complete lap of the circuit before returning to the pits

Schumacher out after rare Mechanical failure

Ferrari mechanics frantically tried to replace the broken arm until Technical Director Ross Brawn called a halt to their efforts as Schumacher climbed out of the stricken car.

Schumacher did not hit the wall. The part failed as he was driving along the middle of the track after exiting the Anthony Noghes corner.He said: "We had an exhaust failure, one of the pipes broke and cooked the suspension."

Of his younger brother Ralf who retired earlier after hitting the barrier he said: "Apparently he had a deep cut in his leg but nothing more than that. He has to have stiches, but it is not broken."

Schumacher's retirement hands Coulthard the lead as McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen moves up into seventh position behind fellow Finn Mika Salo.


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