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Schumacher not dwelling on Monaco penalty

Michael Schumacher has said that he is putting his Monaco penalty behind him and focusing on closing the gap to McLaren et al.
Michael Schumacher insists that he will not dwell on the events that saw him stripped of points for sixth place in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The German pounced opportunistically to snatch the position from Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso as the safety car pulled off on the final lap in the Principality, but was caught out by a clause in the regulations that forbids racing to the line in such situations. The stewards reacted by handing the seven-time world champion a 20secs penalty in lieu of the required drive-thru', dropping him back to twelfth place and out of the points.

As a result, Schumacher remains ninth in the championship standings, some 56 points off joint leaders Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, but the German insists that he will not allow the frustration to affect him as he heads to this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

"There is nothing more to be said than we said straight after the race," he pointed out, "[There was a] green flag [and we] tried. The rules were slightly different to our interpretation and points were taken away, so I think it is a straightforward thing. [I think that there's] not too much to look backwards and [we should] just look forward to the next one, here, now."

Schumacher admitted that he was always planning a move on his old rival as the pack exited Rascasse, jumping the Spaniard as they entered Anthony Noghes, with Alonso almost clipping the barriers as he attempted to retaliate.

"Sure, I checked everything I could check internally from driving the car to be prepared for that particular manoeuvre, yes," the German confirmed, conceding that his afternoon had largely been processional until that point.

"The race by itself, I have to say, was rather boring," he continued, "You just drive, you can't be overtaken [and] you can't overtake. You have to really wait for the pit-stop or wait for mistakes. We are all professional drivers, so we hardly make mistakes, so you are just stuck in your position that you are in and finish the race. That's it."

Despite the initial annoyance at being demoted by the stewards - a panel incidentally including former sparring partner Damon Hill - Schumacher conceded that he was pleased to see the sport's governing body taking an interest in the situation and consider reviewing the rules.

"There's no point in getting into past incidents, but the point is that, if I understand the situation clearly, the FIA has identified something that happened in Monaco and they want to improve the situation," he claimed, "I think that's actually something good in the sport and I'm quite happy for this to happen."




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