Raging Schumacher storms McLaren pit

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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, the former Formula One world champion and leading Ferrari driver, stormed down the pits into the McLaren garage during the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday and accused David Coulthard of trying to kill him.

The race, held at Spa-Francorchamps, was won by Damon Hill in a Jordan in one of the most incident-packed motor races of all time. His team-mate Ralf Schumacher, brother of Michael, was second.

The victory was the first ever for the Jordan team in 127 races and the 22nd grand prix win of Hill's career.

Coulthard was involved in contact with Michael Schumacher on lap 25, which knocked both of them out of the race and gave the lead to Hill. Schumacher made it back to the pits on three wheels.

"He came into the garage saying that I tried to kill him," Coulthard told an ITV reporter.

"I find his behaviour totally unacceptable. If he wanted to discuss it man to man there wouldn't have been a problem. If he wants to accuse me of things like that, then I have no interest in talking to him.

"The allegations he made are untrue."

After being called to the stewards to explain his actions, Coulthard added: "I am 100 per cent certain that I did nothing wrong. I think Michael's behaviour was disgusting, accusing me to trying to kill him," Coulthard said.

The race began with one of the biggest pile-ups in Formula One history. It was stoppedwhen Coulthard lost control at the first corner in the atrocious conditions and 13 cars were spectacularly taken out. None of the drivers was hurt.

The race started for the second time an hour later and again at the first corner there was more chaos as the world championship leader, Mika Hakkinen, spun his McLaren and crashed out of the race.

Hill, who made a superb second start in his Jordan, powered into the lead, but Schumacher passed the Briton in a superb exhibition of wet- weather driving.

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