Mercedes will not appeal against the decision of Monaco stewards

Michael Schumacher 2010 Monaco GP

Michael Schumacher - 2010 Monaco GP

Mercedes GP has issued statement regarding their appeal against the decision of Monaco stewards. That means that the results will stay as they are, with Fernando Alonso in 6th place and Michael Schumacher 12th, without points. Here is the full text of the statement from the team:

On the final lap of the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix, MERCEDES GP PETRONAS instructed our drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, to race from safety car line one until the finish line as permitted under articles 40.7 and 40.11.

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS were fully aware of article 40.13 which states that no overtaking is permitted if the race finishes under safety car conditions. However we believed that the combination of the race control messages ‘Safety Car in this lap’ and ‘Track Clear’ and the green flags and lights shown by the marshals after safety car line one indicated that the race was not finishing under the safety car and all drivers were free to race.

This opinion appears to have been shared by the majority of the teams with cars in the top ten positions who also gave their drivers instructions to race to the finish line.

It was clear from our discussions with the stewards after the race that they understood the reasons for our interpretation and acknowledged that this was a new and previously untested situation but ultimately disagreed with our interpretation.

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS would like to emphasise that we fully support the inclusion of past drivers on the stewards panel and are completely satisfied that the Monaco Grand Prix stewards acted professionally, impartially and properly in this matter.

The FIA has agreed to include article 40.13 on the agenda of the next Sporting Working Group for discussion and to consider the scale of post race penalties. We believe that the 20 second penalty imposed on Michael to be disproportionate in the circumstances.

Whilst we cannot be happy with the outcome, we are pleased that the FIA has recognised the reasons for our interpretation. Therefore in the best interests of the sport, MERCEDES GP PETRONAS will not be submitting an appeal.

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3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    misunderstanding or stupid move by Schumacher? I am thinking it was a dumb move by someone who should have known better.

  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Well, hard for anybody to know better when the rules are badly written … Here is FIA press release from May 19, 2010:

    2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Monaco Grand Prix
    19/05/2010

    The problems identified during the final lap of the Monaco Grand Prix, counting for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, showed a lack of clarity in the application of the rule prohibiting overtaking behind the Safety Car.

    Adjustments to the regulations are necessary to clarify the procedure that cars must meet when the last lap is controlled by the Safety Car whilst also ensuring that the signaling for teams and drivers is made more clear.

    These adjustments will help to avoid the problem which occurred during the Monaco Grand Prix from happening in the future.

    The Formula One Commission, upon a proposal of the F1 Sporting Working Group will submit an amendment to the Sporting Regulations to address this issue. These amendments will be considered by the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting in Geneva on June 23.

  3. cacorNo Gravatar says:

    They shouldn`t , that`s why there are judges. its justifyed.

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