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Mercedes launches Monaco appeal

Mercedes appeals against the stewards decision handing Michael Schumacher a penalty in Monaco
Mercedes is to appeal the stewards decision that saw Michael Schumacher lose sixth place in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The German was running in seventh place behind Fernando Alonso when the Safety Car was deployed for the fourth and final time following a collision between Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok at Rascasse.

When the Safety Car returned to the pits at the end of the final lap, Schumacher saw the chance to dive down the inside of Alonso into the final corner to steal sixth but was subsequently handed a 20 second time penalty, which dropped him down to twelfth.

Mercedes has now appealed against the decision, with team boss Ross Brawn stating he believed the seven-time champion was right to make the move.

"We believed that the track had gone green and the race was not finishing under a safety car when article 40.13 clearly would have applied," he said. "The reason for the safety car had been removed, the FIA had announced 'Safety Car in this lap' early on lap 78 and the track had been declared clear by race control. This was further endorsed when the marshals showed green flags and lights after safety car line one.

"On previous occasions when it has been necessary to complete a race under a safety car, full course yellows are maintained, as in Melbourne 2009. On the last lap, we therefore advised our drivers that they should race to the line and Michael made his move on Fernando for sixth place. We have appealed the decision of the stewards."



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May 16, 2010 11:55 PM

The pertinent question to be answered is: as per the regulations, can overtaking occur prior to the start/finish line and/or flagstand at the end of a full course caution period? If yes, then Mercedes has a leg to stand on regardless of the fact that it was the last lap--the track had been both flagged and lighted green. If passing prior to the line/flagstand coming out of a full course caution is not permissable, then Mercedes is in the wrong. At the end of the day, it's down to inexcusable stupidity on the part of race direction to not leave the SC on track and the track itself under yellow. If the race is de facto ended, then spare the potential mayhem and skip the sham green finish.



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