F1 » Mercedes fined after Schumacher pit-stop gaffe

Stewards fine Mercedes for unsafe release from pitstop

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Flymo - Unregistered

April 15, 2012 2:18 PM

The wheel nut guy had a problem and went for the spare gun, I would be pointing finger towards the guy on the lollipop. That should have been a delayed pit stop rather than an unsafe release.

As mentioned though, sh1t happens, that's racing.

Schuey911 - Unregistered

April 15, 2012 3:20 PM

So upset about what happened to Michael today. He could have been on the podium. It shows Michael's experience that he pulled over when he knew something was wrong, and Mercedes would have been fined much more if he hadn't done that. Oh well, there is always next week.


April 15, 2012 3:30 PM

Pity about Michael but the pit crew were a bit uncoordinated. Its not the first a loose wheel nut or loose wheel incident has happened but its the teams responsibility to prevent such things from happening so the fine is fair.

Dee - Unregistered

April 15, 2012 3:35 PM

I was at the race in Melbourne in 2001 (I think) where a marshal was killed by a wheel that came off Jacques Villeneuve's car. In that case it was the result of an accident with Ralf Schumacher, but a tyre flying off an F1 car at speed is a lethal weapon. The FIA are right to fine Mercedes for allowing a car out on to the track without a wheel securely fitted, and they are right to reduce the fine to a minimum value because Mercedes got their driver to pull over immediately which removed the danger.

It was a shame that Schumacher was released early from his pit-stop, as his battle with Button would have been great to see.


April 15, 2012 4:07 PM

After qualifying third quickest at each of the opening events, Schumacher lost a gearbox in Australia, was assulted by Grosjean in Malaysia and was let down by a wheel nut in Shanghai, he may not be so unlucky for the rest of the season.

Ryan - Unregistered

April 15, 2012 4:44 PM

Well said BLZbub, hope not, don't think he had the pace today to beat Tossberg but would of been 2nd/3rd but has been let down unbelievably by the incompetence of the Mercedes team this season and a **** in the name of Grosjean, hope he can show Tossberg a clean pair of heels in Bahrain.

Also I'd like to add how cool he was in the interview and how he didn't want his mechanic to feel bad, top bloke, top sportsman.

ADPeguero - Unregistered

April 15, 2012 5:06 PM

Was it me or was Michael just as happy retiring early as he would've been winning or being on the podium? I think his main mission this year is to prop up Rosberg and the team. If he wins a few then cool but it almost looks as if he's the guinea pig this season. Not a bad thing since he has all the experience that any team would love. Good sportsman behavior Michael. I dosed off after the incident only to wake up two laps remaining in the race. Great job Rosberg and most of the Mercedes Team. Whoever F'ed it up for Michael on the Pit Crew should be under warning!

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