Re: Monaco F1 GP Qualifying:Was Schumacher guilty or not?
I don't think he cheated for the following reasons:
He's got dozens (can't remember how many) of pole positions and wins/championships already, I can't see why he'd suddenly feel the need to pull a stunt like that.
If he was gonna do it on purpose he could do a much more convincing job than that (i.e. at least knock the front wing off!).
If you look at the footage, he definitely locked a wheel twice going into the corner - he stopped at slow speed it's true, but the lockups were going into the corner and through it (at a higher speed), making his line wrong. He stopped at slow speed because his car didn't have the steering lock to go around the corner anymore (due to his line around the corner being wrong).
I also think if it was that clear that he did it on purpose the FIA wouldn't have taken 7 hours odd to make the decision - they punished Fisichella for holding someone else up in the same session much quicker - I think it was a dubious decision at best, especially to put him to the back of the grid - normally they just take away their fastest lap.
But, whether he did it on purpose or not, the way the FIA are at the moment they had to give some sort of penalty as they penalise everyone for the slightest infringement. IMHO I think that it's getting stupid - it used to be that getting past backmarkers or finding a clear track for your qually lap was part of the skill of winning. These days if anyone is seen to do the slightest thing wrong they get punished. Anyone remember Senna and Prost deliberately driving each other off the road to win the championship? All the commentators think those days and those drivers were awesome - but they were far more cynical/cut-throat drivers than Schumi, just because these days you're not allowed to be like that. I think it's definitely added to the stagnation of F1 at the moment - they're taking away too many of the unknown factors that are what make racing exciting (don't get me wrong, I still love it - I'm off to the British GP next week).
Anyway, just my opinion - no-one can prove anything. At least it gave us a decent race as Schumi fought through from the back of the grid to 5th!