Michael Schumacher has now issued an apology for wrecking Fernando Alonso’s shot at pole in the dying moments of Monaco qualifying.
But the Ferrari driver, who charged through the field after stewards ordered him to the rear of the grid, maintained his innocence even in the face of widespread criticism.
”Anyone who thinks I deliberately (did it) is wrong,” he told reporters after the race.
”And to those who think that, I can only say I’m sorry that it happened.”
Amid all the condemnation, FIA president Max Mosley offered a middle-of-the-road analysis of Schumacher’s Rascasse moment.
The Briton rebuked accusations of ‘cheating’, but took a side against Jean Todt who reckoned stewards brought down their verdict without evidence.
”It took them several hours, they went into great detail, it’s how it should be done. That’s sport,” said Mosley.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, too, completed a near clean-sweep of paddock personalities who thought Schumacher was guilty.
The diminutive 75-year-old told The Times: ”It’s not a good move to have on your CV … but then, he doesn’t need to look for another job.”