F1 » POLL: Was Schumacher Monaco penalty justified?

What did you make of the contentious 20-second penalty dished out to Mercedes Grand Prix star Michael Schumacher in Monaco at the weekend? Have your say right here...

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Ashgray - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 2:23 PM

No,green flags and lights mean you race.yellow flags and sc boards mean caution,you don't race.
the drivers should drive to the colour of the flags and lights just like a footballer plays to the referee's whistle.
if the race finishes under the safety car then the safety car should cross the finishing line on the last lap tv or no tv.

Rens - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 2:30 PM

In the future a open channel to ask if you may overtake even during the race. I am a fan of overtaking and desicions like this are killing for the sport. I want action on the track

Douglas - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 2:33 PM

Penalty not justified! Corner workers & flags have been the cornerstone of race communications to the drivers for decades. There was a time before fancy radios pit board & flags were the only way to communicate with drivers during the race. Green means go, race, track is clear, go go go. Yellow means caution, be careful, no passing, pay attention there is something wrong somewhere. These are fundamental truths. The green flags were waving when the safety car pulled in. That means the race is on. Were there yellow flags waving? No. The part of the new safety car rule concerning the safety car line is not at all clear, however, a waving green flag means only one thing, race!

Amnesia - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 2:44 PM

No, Race Control clearly sent a message that the safety car was deployed for the lap. The only reason the safety car went into the pit lane was to allow the cars to cross the finish line without having to trail the safety car.

"if the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pit-lane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking"

I don't see how Mercedes can even appeal. This regulation describes exactly what happened. They can't say that the safety car wasn't deployed because it went into the pit lane---the regulation clearly states that it will go into pit lane to allow the race to finish.

Dave - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 3:00 PM

Why is the wording in F1 seemingly so open to interpretation? With Indy cars and Nascar it's no passing until the start-finish line when the green flag is out. Pretty clear.

I suppose it's clearer now after the penalty, but there shouldn't have been ambiguity there in the first place.

Client - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 3:00 PM

"if the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pit-lane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking"

That makes sense, but if the safety car goes in on the last lap, then the yellow flags should have been shown to the end of the race.

The mistake was that they waved green flags and showed track clear on the data feeds. I therfore think that it was race control that got it wrong and not merc.

keech998 - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 3:02 PM

I think 20 seconds is a little harsh. He definately shouldn't have over taken Alonso, but never-the-less 20 seconds is over the top. He should have been dropped behind Alonso at the finish, that would have been a fair punishment.

All a bit over hyped though......

J LP - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 3:10 PM

Of course it was nobody was aloud to pass on the last lap even the comentators stated that. this guy is the bigguest sheet ever in f1's history. But he forget something he is not at Ferrari anymore so he can't get away with it anymore. and come on if you were that great than you should be at least good now. That's mess up that the team has to change the car so this guy can start scoring more points cause his team mate was giving him a beating. Rosberg is way better than M.S. but his got Brawn behind him so there's nothing Rosberg can do. :?

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