Trulli Accuses Schumacher of Dishonesty

Jarno Trulli has criticised Michael Schumacher for refusing to sign a letter by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association to FIA president Max Mosley, with the Italian accusing the German of being dishonest

Trulli Accuses Schumacher of Dishonesty

Trulli and Schumacher are both directors of the GPDA, but the Ferrari driver was the only member to refuse his support to a call by the drivers for increased safety in the aftermath of the US Grand Prix.

Schumacher said he did not sign the letter simply because he did not like it, but Trulli believes that the German was not entirely honest.

"Michael has shown some signs of imbalance; he hasn't been honest for reasons which aren't completely clear," the Toyota driver told Gazzetta dello Sport. "We drivers are all united and it seems to me like there is only one against.

"We work towards safety and the position he's taken isn't suitable with what it should have been. His non-signing is a political act."

Schumacher has insisted that he has not backed his fellow drivers over the recent issues because of his belief that the events at Indianapolis were of a technical nature and not a safety matter.

Apart from Schumacher, the signatures of the three Red Bull Racing drivers were also missing from the letter to Mosley, but Trulli said they were instructed by the team to abstain from getting involved. He was also critical of Mosley himself, who cancelled a meeting with the GPDA to discuss safety matters, after the FIA president claimed the issue had become political.

"As far as the Red Bull drivers are concerned, they didn't sign because their team said they don't want to be involved in politics, so they didn't allow them," the Italian said.

"It must be clear that the role of the [drivers'] association is to give a contribution to safety, not to interfere with politics. It was important to listen to the drivers on this issue, but Mosley didn't want to."

Trulli is not the only driver openly angry at Schumacher's decision to stand alone in rejecting the recent safety moves.

"There are different opinions among us; [Schumacher] has his and we can't change it," Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella told the newspaper. "But since he's one of the [directors] in charge, and since at Indy it wasn't just a technical problem, he should have taken our side."

World Championship leader Fernando Alonso has even gone as far as questioning whether Schumacher should remain a member of the GPDA. "If everybody agrees except [Schumacher], then it might mean that he doesn't want to stay with us," the Spaniard said.

Schumacher himself has brushed aside the controversy and insisted there is no political motive behind his moves. "Disagreements are part of human nature," he said. "There are many interpretations, disagreeing opinions, strong characters. What can we do?"

shares
comments
Post-Qualifying Press Conference - Britain
Previous article

Post-Qualifying Press Conference - Britain

Next article

Saturday's Selected Quotes - Britain

Saturday's Selected Quotes - Britain
How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine Plus

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine

OPINION: Ferrari won the British Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz, but it ultimately cost Charles Leclerc a chance to make a bigger dent in Max Verstappen's title lead by leaving the Monegasque out on old tyres towards the end. Like Monaco, indecision over strategy proved to be the Scuderia's biggest issue - and if the team doesn't reflect, the headache can only intensify

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Formula 1
Jul 4, 2022
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022