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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 October 2005, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Schumacher handed FIA reprimand
Michael Schumacher tries to steer his car after his warm-lap collision
Michael Schumacher's dismal season ended with another poor result at the China Grand Prix and an official reprimand from governing body the FIA.

Schumacher received the ticking-off after colliding with Minardi's Christijan Albers during the warm-up.

The seven-time world champion had to start the race from the pit lane with the spare car but then skidded out on lap 22 behind the safety car.

"The weird ending pretty much sums up our season," said the German.

"The only positive thing is that I am third in the championship. Let's look ahead to putting things right next season.

"I have to say I'm glad this season is over now. There can only be one target for us; to come back and fight for the title again."

I spun simply because my tyres were completely worn and very cold
Michael Schumacher

The 36-year-old Ferrari star was left with his front left wheel hanging off after the collision with Albers.

Schumacher was driving slowly on the straight when he meandered into the path of the Minardi driver.

The Dutchman had no time to avoid a collision and bounced over the back of the Ferrari, ripping off most of its left-hand side.

Schumacher tried to get back to the pit in his damaged car but, with his left rear tyre shredded and smoke pouring out of the back, he was forced to abandon it.

"I was just warming up my tyres when suddenly I felt a big bang," he said.

"If you want to warm up your tyres usually you zig zag, especially when you have to go slow in order to save fuel.

"Then there was the collision. I have to say I have not seen the video yet, probably it was also partly my mistake because I do not know if he could see what I was trying to do."

Schumacher, who only won one race this year as his five-year reign as champion came to an end, was then making his way through the pack and was in 10th place when he ran into the gravel under safety car conditions.

I hope we can put this season behind is as quickly as possible
Ferrari boss Jean Todt

"I spun simply because my tyres were completely worn and very cold," he said. "So when someone braked ahead of me I had to brake as well and went off the track.

"It was like I was on ice, everything went very fast. Me braking was enough to start me spinning, the tyres were so worn and cold.

"I don't think I could have finished the race on the tyres anyway."

With Juan Pablo Montoya also crashing out, Schumacher was able to secure third in the standings.

Ferrari also finished third in the constructors' table, with their solitary victory coming in the United States. In 2004, the team won 15 of the 18 races.

"A bad end to a very disappointing season," said Ferrari boss Jean Todt.

"Given that situation, we can say that third place in the constructors' and the same result with Michael in the drivers' is pretty much of a miracle.

"I hope we can put this season behind us as quickly as possible and be back for the start of next season in a position to once again aim for the top."




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