Schu ‘wasted’ Hungarian chance

Tue, 8 August 2006, 10:29

Michael Schumacher ‘wasted’ a chance to further close the gap to Renault’s Fernando Alonso at the Hungarian grand prix, according to Italy’s ‘Tuttosport’.

The sports publication is clearly referring to suggestions that the Ferrari driver was to blame for the clash with Nick Heidfeld that broke his suspension on Sunday.

”Alonso KO,” the headline descriptor added, ”but Michael wastes the opportunity.”

Alonso’s native Spanish press, however, pointed the finger at Renault for the 25-year-old racer’s errant wheel-nut.

”Who tightened this screw?” ‘AS’ newspaper asked.

Japan heralded Jenson Button’s maiden victory, with the ‘Tokyo Chunichi Sports’ daily proclaiming: ‘Honda victory: Start of a new legend’.

And ‘Sankei Shimbun’ wondered: ”Is this the start of a new golden era?”

Not surprisingly, the British media focused on the man at the wheel of the white and red car, who in Budapest finally won a race after 113 grand prix starts.

But the Guardian warned that ‘repeating the result may be more difficult’ for Button ‘than he and the Honda team think’.

Sir Jackie Stewart told ‘The Sun’ that speculation in the paddock prior to JB’s triumph was ‘whether it would ever happen for him’, while the ‘Independent’ said 26-year-old Button ‘would have been unlikely to win had the race been dry’.

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