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Last Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006, 07:58 GMT 08:58 UK
Webber says Schumi's post is safe
By Andrew Benson
Motorsport editor at Silverstone

Michael Schumacher (left) and Mark Webber
Webber (right) says Schumacher must explain his action to his peers
Mark Webber says Michael Schumacher will not have to quit as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association despite coming under fire in Monaco.

Schumacher was criticised for parking his car on the track during qualifying, a move many felt was a deliberate attempt at gaining an unfair advantage.

But Webber feels the German will escape further censure after being demoted to the back of the grid for the last race.

"We'll talk about it, but nothing will really change," said the Williams man.

Schumacher insists he did not stop his Ferrari at the Rascasse chicane on purpose, a manoeuvre which prevented championship leader Fernando Alonso from setting a faster time.

But his explanation failed to convince the race stewards, who dropped him to the back of the grid.

Several drivers felt the seven-time champion was guilty of gamesmanship by trying to make it look like he had lost control of his car.

Others also felt his actions compromised the work GDPA has done campaigning for better safety in Formula One.

If you try to make people believe that you didn't do it on purpose then you just look stupid

Sauber driver Jacques Villeneuve

Chief among them was former world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who thinks Schumacher's behaviour makes his position as a GPDA director untenable.

"I can only give a personal opinion and I'm not happy someone can run the GPDA and act like that," said the Sauber driver.

"Sometimes in life you just to have bite the bullet and admit that you've been an idiot.

"If you try to make people believe that you didn't do it on purpose then you just look stupid."

Toyota's Jarno Trulli, another GPDA director, hopes Schumacher's actions will come under the microscope at a meeting on Friday.

"The question about what he did at Rascasse will be raised, definitely," said the Italian, who is busy preparing for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

"I feel the same as I did in Monaco. It is obvious. He may say whatever he wants to the media, but he cannot do that to us."

Webber thinks some of the criticism of Schumacher is personal rather than directly related to any safety issues.



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