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POLL: Was Schumacher's 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...
Whilst one of the obvious talking points in the wake of last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix was the sheer dominance of Red Bull Racing duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, an altogether more contentious topic was the post-race penalty meted out to Michael Schumacher – but was the punishment justified?

Having opportunistically snuck past Ferrari rival and fellow multiple F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso almost within sight of the chequered flag in the glamorous Principality, Schumacher was subsequently demoted 20 seconds by the FIA stewards for having been deemed to have contravened Article 40.13 of the International Sporting Code – which stipulates that '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'.

Mercedes Grand Prix immediately signalled its intention to appeal the decision, but pending that process, the ruling has caused outrage amongst fans, with many observers unable to see quite what the record-breaking German legend did wrong.

So what do you make of the whole situation? Was 'Schumi' unfairly penalised in Monte Carlo, or did the stewards make the right call? 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.

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.



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