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A Moment of Madness at Rascasse

Once again Michael Schumacher and Ferrari find themselves at the centre of paddock uproar; once again the most successful driver in Formula One history is publicly vilified. How did it come to this? Adam Cooper returns from the Monte Carlo paddock with insight and analysis on the season's biggest scandal (so far)

I watched Monaco qualifying, as I usually do, from the Swimming Pool. Not only is it a great bit of circuit on which to view the cars running at the very limit, but the giant TV screen up on the cliff face allows you to follow the action around the track. We all knew this was going to be a great session, but no one quite expected the conclusion that we got.

After watching Michael Schumacher clatter over the kerbs at the exit, I caught his little Rascasse moment on the screen. I didn't have a great view at the time, but even without the benefit of studying replays, I was stunned. My main reaction was one of anger. We had been robbed of a fair conclusion of what should have been a magnificent sporting contest - the battle for Monaco pole.

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