Schumacher penalized at the Monaco Grand Prix

Michael C. May 17, 2010

After the safety car came in following some mishap between Karun Chandhok and Jarno Trulli, the track was ready to pass the checkered flag under the SC. Unfortunately, the Mercedes Benz SC went in the pits a couple more meters before the finish line which gave Schumacher the chance to overtake Alonso. After the race stewards determined Michael Schumacher’s move in the last remaining meters of the race was against the rules, Fernando Alonso placed 6th place in the Monaco Grand Prix. The FIA released a statement saying that Schumacher’s overtaking tactic received a 20 second penalty. Based on the rule 40.13 of the F1 regulation declares that “if the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pitlane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the checkered flag as normal without overtaking.”

According to the reports, the FIA said, “the appeal is strictly against the decision, not the penalty itself as drive-throughs cannot be appealed.” If the decision wil remain as is, Schumacher will fall in the 12th spot of overall standing, which means that there will be no points credited to his name in the race. Alonso, will gain an additional 2 points and come 3 points behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in the overall standing. Also, all the drivers following Alonso have gained more points, where Sebastien Buemi of STR-Ferrari being in the scoreboard this season for the first time. Michael Schumacher and Ross Brown demonstrated confidence in Monaco before the decision was taken by the stewards fo the FIA.  Meredes GP has already filed for an appeal, which is to be looked into by the FIA’s Court of Appeal in a scheduled date.

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