"I radioed the pits to say that he was in my place," Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen, who qualified 19th - two places behind Schumacher said. HRT's Pedro de la Rosa, second-to-last on the grid, also sensed something was wrong. "I didn't know who was to blame, I just knew that I was in the wrong position," the Spaniard said.
Then, when Schumacher saw that Whiting had aborted the start, the great German - whose contract runs out later this year - killed the engine. The rest of the field simply geared up for another formation lap, which left Schumacher stranded on the grid and needing a push from the marshals to the pitlane.
Asked why he turned off the engine, Schumacher said: "It used to always be like that." Not exactly: even by 2006 - the last season of Schumacher's ultra-successful first career - the old five-minute delayed restart had been scrapped. He then sped out of the pits too fast, incurring a drive-through penalty. "Today was obviously one of those races that you will not look back at for very long," said the seven time world champion. (GMM)