The points gap to Fernando Alonso might be unchanged, but Ross Brawn admitted that Michael Schumacher’s championship hopes took a hit in the Budapest rain.
”Yes, because there are less races now,” Ferrari’s technical director said.
”On the other hand it could have been worse, because Fernando could have won, so we fight on.”
Schumacher’s ‘248’ ultimately exited the race with damaged front suspension, after a shunt with Nick Heidfeld, on a day on which rival tyre supplier Michelin produced genuinely better pace than usual wet-weather specialists Bridgestone.
BMW-Sauber’s Heidfeld confirmed: ”Michael ran into the back of me and destroyed his suspension.”
Reporters asked Schumacher if he thought he had taken too much risk in the dice with ‘Quick Nick’.
”You’re always smarter afterwards,” the German remarked.
”Ok, it’s not easier now, but we’re still in it.”