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Schumacher retires after collision

August 22, 2005 00:39 IST

Ferrari's world champion Michael Schumacher retired from Sunday's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix after an early collision with Mark Webber's Williams.

The German had looked ill at ease since Friday practice on the new Istanbul circuit and was in 10th place when he and the Australian tangled on lap 15 of the 58-lap race.

Webber, who had been running as high as sixth, was a lap down after pitting for a puncture and he tried to squeeze past on the final corner at the end of the back straight.

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Schumacher spun and then limped back to the pits along with Webber.

The seven times champion, 32 points beind championship leader Fernando Alonso with five races remaining after Turkey, rejoined the race in 19th position. He came in again after one lap and retired.

Webber followed him back to the pits after another rear wheel puncture ended his race.


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