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Schumacher brothers end conflict

Nick Mulvenney | May 27, 2005 12:24 IST

Peace was declared in the Schumachers' brotherly conflict on Thursday after the pair fell out over Michael's driving at the Monaco Grand Prix.

However, while world champion Michael is keen to put the incident behind him, his younger sibling Ralf says they have merely agreed to disagree.

"It is all over," Michael told a news conference at the European Grand Prix on Thursday. "Ralf and myself had a nice chat about it. It is racing.

"Honestly, I think we are both very highly competitive race drivers, we fight on the circuit, everyone for his own interest, for his team.

"But you never forget it is your brother and you love your brother. You finish the race, you may have some more emotions, but it doesn't really matter."

Ralf had said Michael's attempt to overtake him on the final lap in Monaco last weekend was crazy and could have killed him. "Sometimes I have the impression he turns his brain off," Ralf said after the race.

Ferrari's Michael had brushed off the incident, saying a Grand Prix was a race not a Sunday outing.

Ralf's contribution to Thursday's peace conference was brief. "Nothing to add," he said, before being prompted to expand.

'BROTHERLY WAR'

"You have an opinion, it is nothing to do with being emotional or anything," said the Toyota driver, a winner at the Nuerburgring in 2003.

"Obviously straight after the race, you can be slightly more emotional. You have an opinion and you stick to it.

"But it has nothing to do with a war, a family or brotherly war, it is just a different opinion.

"I think we all [switch our brains off] from time to time. As I said before, you have to take a decision within a couple of tenths [of a second] sometimes and it might not always be the right one."

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello also felt he had cause to complain about his Ferrari team mate's aggressive overtaking manoeuvre on the last lap in Monaco.

Michael, a five-times winner of the European Grand Prix, said that disagreement had also been settled.

"It is racing and I mean, if you see the situation in general, you have a race, you are tired, you have emotions. When you think about it and you see the race you may think differently.

"I haven't seen him today but I spoke to him on Monday because it was his birthday. He was pretty relaxed.

"He is Brazilian, anyway. You should know, he is a bit more temperamental."

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