Title leader Fernando Alonso has threatened to re-open old wounds by referring to Michael Schumacher’s past indiscretions at championship season finales.
The Spaniard, who previously labelled retiring Schumacher as the ‘most unsporting’ driver in F1 history as well as criticising his own team at Suzuka, harked back to late 1994 and 1997 just ten days ahead of the 2006 decider at Sao Paulo in Brazil.
“He has done it twice in the past,” said 25-year-old Alonso, after reports reminded the racing world of Schumacher’s infamous title-deciding collisions in the nineties with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve.
Alonso told Munich evening newspaper ‘Abendzeitung’: “We are all aware of what he has done.”
Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, scuppered suggestions that he might play a foul role in helping his elder brother to win the title.
With the 37-year-old Ferrari driver basically needing Alonso to retire from the Brazilian finale, it has been claimed that Ralf or Schumacher’s teammate Felipe Massa could revert to kamikaze moves.
“Absolutely not,” Toyota’s Ralf exclaimed to Bild-Zeitung newspaper.
“That would be dishonest not to mention extremely dangerous.”