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Hungaroring steward Derek Warwick has revealed he wanted to disqualify Michael Schumacher during Sunday's race.

Ultimately, the seven-time World Champion was handed a post-race ten-position grid penalty for the next event in Belgium, after pushing his former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello towards the pitwall in a 290kph overtaking duel.

But former Grand Prix driver Warwick told BBC radio's Five Live Breakfast that showing Schumacher a black flag "would have shown a better example to our young drivers".

"By the time we got the video evidence we ran out of time and we had to do it retrospectively," added the veteran of 162 F1 races.

Schumacher apologised for the incident on his website on Monday, but Warwick said it was "disappointing" how the 41-year-old German "handled" his interview with the stewards after the race.

"You could disqualify him from the next Grand Prix, or two Grands Prix," said the 55-year-old.

"But we felt a ten place penalty is a big penalty to carry for Spa. Hopefully he will learn from that and remember that the new stewards will not tolerate that driving," he added.

David Coulthard wrote in his latest Telegraph column that he thinks Schumacher used to get away with his famous "arrogance" because he was a winner.

"Now that he is being regularly shown up by his younger teammate, such lapses of character will not wash," said the Scot.

"Until he made his apology, the calls for him to quit immediately were shrill," added the Scot. "I wonder whether his mea culpa will make any difference."


Teams Close Factories For Compulsory Shutdown

Formula One teams must close their factories for a mandatory two-week period between last Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix and the next race in Belgium.

The shutdown - commenced at the stroke of midnight after the Hungaroring race by McLaren, Mercedes, Williams and Sauber - is a cost-cutting measure agreed between the teams.

"It still seems odd to me to have a shutdown but it's probably good for people," said McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh.

It had been reported that Ferrari also closed its doors on Sunday, but the Maranello based outfit will in fact commence its shutdown next Sunday, as will F1's other Italian team Toro Rosso.

Engine supplier Cosworth's F1 unit closed on Tuesday. "I think the staff all deserve a break," said Mark Gallagher.

On Wednesday, HRT will begin its two week closed period, followed by Virgin on Saturday.

And on Monday, Red Bull, Renault and Force India will close their doors.



Hamilton Vows To 'Kick' McLaren Back Onto Pace

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to contribute to McLaren's off-track efforts ahead of the final seven races of 2010.

With the team's factory closed for two-weeks, the Briton headed from a difficult race in Hungary for a holiday.

But when Woking's doors re-open, Hamilton vowed to "be on the tail of all the team, all the engineers, making sure they don't miss anything" ahead of Spa-Francorchamps late this month.

"If we were not going on holiday I would love to go straight to the factory," he said.

"I'm not an engineer but I would drag the chief designer down to the wind tunnel, question him many times and try to understand it because that is what I do.

"Things I have suggested in the past have worked. I don't think I am going to come up with the idea this time, but the more you ask, the easier you get to the solution," he added.

The 25-year-old lost his championship lead with a gearbox failure at the Hungaroring, but the MP4-25 was off the pace all weekend.

In-season testing is banned, but Hamilton says there are other ways he can influence McLaren's push to improve.

"I feel it's just as much my job to kick them as it is for them to kick me," he said.

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