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Schumacher deserved title

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 November, 1994, 12:00am

I HAVE read in your Monday November 15 issue that Britain's tabloid newspapers were questioning Schumacher's F1 world title victory after his collision with Damon Hill.


Although I understand the disappointment of the British that Hill did not win the championship, I think it is not fair to say that Schumacher robbed the title from his main rival.


Schumacher might have voluntarily provoked the accident to prevent Hill from winning the race, but he also might not have done so as the Benetton team claimed that his car was out of control after it hit the wall. We would probably never know the truth.


But the fact is that Schumacher should have won the championship much earlier in the season had he not been severely - and probably unfairly - penalised with a two-race ban and one race cancellation.


As we all know, prior to this penalty, he was leading the championship well ahead of Hill.


We will also recall that Schumacher was the only driver to have been able to seriously challenge Ayrton Senna early this year after beating him in the two first races of the season.


No doubt that Schumacher deserved to win the 1994 world title, more than anyone. And he is certainly the best driver after Senna's death and Prost's retirement.


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