Schumacher gets 10-place grid penalty

Michael Schumacher will lose 10 places on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix following his crash with Jean-Eric Vergne in Singapore.

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The car of Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany is lifted by a crane after it slammed into the back of Formula One French driver Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso during the Singapore F1 Grand Prix

The Mercedes driver crashed into the back of the Toro Rosso after losing control of his car under braking following the first safety car period.

Although Schumacher suspected a mechanical failure was the cause of his crash, stewards have handed the German a 10-place grid penalty for the upcoming race at Suzuka.

"I just went straight on the brakes very hard, locked up everything and tried to brake as hard as possible but the accident wasn't avoidable any more," Schumacher said.

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