Jamie! Enoch! URGENT! Something in the news struck me this week, and perhaps you can talk about it in your next podcast!
Jos Verstappen said in the news this week that Michael Schumacher definitely used illegal traction control during 1994. Here's what he said:
"You see, Michael also depends on machinery," Verstappen told Dutch magazine NUsport. "For most people he was God, but he’s not Superman, he never was. When I went karting with him he never beat me. I know what happened when we were together at Benetton in 1994, there is a reason.
"People think I'm looking for an excuse when I say this, but I just know that his car was different compared to my car that year. I kept thinking that this cannot be done! I would brake on the limit and go as hard as I could into every corner. So what could I do when Schumacher was able to do that and not me? It just wasn’t right."
Verstappen added that although the team will never admit it, after a drive in Schumacher's 'normal' car at Hockenheim, the situation became clear in his mind.
"There were electronic aids," he commented. "They will never admit it, but I am convinced of it. I later asked Flavio Briatore, who had brought me to Benetton and was then the team's manager. He said 'Let's not talk about it.' So I know enough now.
"I drove Michael's car a few times, at Hockenheim for example, but I spun off. There's no way that he could have been so fast with that set-up. But the system that Michael used wasn't in the car at that moment."
My source is: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/2725 ... erstappen/
Now coupled with the advert that leaked out about Schumacher's 94 Benetton going on sale and possessing traction control (http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topi ... 0on%20eBay
!) which was advertised as "completely original, with traction control" this got me thinking.
In the Olympic Games, if an athlete is found cheating, not only is he/she disqualified but his/her gold medal is taken away. Now if Verstappen is convinced and we know that the Benetton B194 was equipped with a traction control device, is this not enough evidence even to open a case to investigate it. How is F1 any less or more a sporting standard?
If both Verstappen and Senna (see the Senna movie) were convinced, surely they know what they're talking about, don't they? Williams never lodged a protest, but Benetton got away scott free. Weren't McLaren thrown out of 2007 and fined $100 million for sharing info with Ferrari, which by the way Ferrari started? Where's the consistency?
Surely Michael Schumacher should have his status as 1994 World Champion in similar fashion to the stripping of the gold medal of a cheating athlete. Than at long last, justice would be done and Flavio Briatore and Michael Schumacher could be named and shamed for keeping this crime covered up for 17 years, the paranoia of which probably forced Senna to go beyond his limits at Imola '94.
"Racing drivers are a bit like journalists: they all tick together in case they miss something."
DAMON HILL, MONTREAL, 1996