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Agence France-Presse
Belgium, August 27, 2011
Michael Schumacher celebrated his 20th anniversary since making his Formula One debut in the worst possible way when crashing in qualifying for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
The 42-year-old seven-time German champion failed to make it past Saturday's first qualifying session after his Mercedes lost a rear wheel, hit a side barrier before sliding unceremoniously down the circuit on three wheels to come to rest on a patch of safety gravel.
"I do not know what happened," he said over the team radio. "Something unexpected happened."
Schumacher, a six-time winner at Spa-Francorchamps, will now set off from the back of the grid for Sunday's race.