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Last Updated:  Sunday, 23 March, 2003, 13:36 GMT
Schumacher accepts blame
Michael Schumacher T-bones Jarno Trulli at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix
Schumacher slams into Trulli at the second corner
Michael Schumacher has admitted he was to blame for the first-lap pile-up at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The five-time world champion smashed into the side of Renault's Jarno Trulli when going for a non-existent gap on the inside at the second turn.

Schumacher was hit with a drive-through penalty by race officials for the accident and recovered to finish sixth - just behind Trulli.

"It was a tough race with an unfortunate start," said Schumacher.

"I made a mistake and hit Jarno and I have apologised to him.

We knew our competitors had made progress and this race only serves to confirm that
Jean Todt
Ferrari boss

"It came as a big surprise that I was still able to fight for points after I pitted for the drive through penalty, so I'm happy enough in the circumstances."

Ferrari have started the season with a revised version of their 2002 car - and have now been beaten twice in a row by McLaren, who have employed the same tactic.

But Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt said the team will not be bringing forward the debut of the new F2003-GA - resisting the temptation to take it to the next race in Brazil.

"We knew our competitors had made progress and this race only serves to confirm that," Todt said.

"Now we have to work with our technical partners to be as well-prepared as possible for the next race in Brazil, where we will continue to race with the F2002.

"In the meantime we will continue with the development of the F2003-GA, which we know is more competitive than the current car."

Rubens Barrichello talks to a Ferrari engineer
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Ferrari are expected to give their new car a debut at the San Marino Grand Prix on 20 April.

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn believes the 2002 car is still competitive - he said Schumacher would have fought for victory had he not had his crash.

"It was a bit of a messy race, which is a shame because I think we would have had a super race with McLaren - they were very competitive."




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